McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen received their first look at Ken Kelly on Friday with a two-hour personal interview.
Kelly, from Canada, is in the running for the open city administrator position. At the end of the meeting, he expressed gratitude.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity,” said Kelly. “Thank you for your patience, your time. This is not a simple endeavor. It is a key decision for your organization, so I appreciate both the staff’s time and council’s time and Warren Nevad’s time in being here. Best of luck. It’s not an easy decision, but I’m sure you’ll make the right one.”
Board members asked 25 questions, not including follow-up inquiries.
“My interview with the board went a bit longer than we had planned,” said Kelly. “We weren’t rushing it. They asked some tough questions. I think they are going about this the right way. Not everyone does. I think they will make the best decision for the city of McMinnville. We’ll have to wait and see what that decision is.”
The candidate then sat down for a meet and greet with department directors, followed by a tour of the city with McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton.
“It was a good tour,” said Kelly. “Chief Denton and I had a good time. We shared some information. Jennifer (Rigsby) accompanied us on that. I saw a good number of the city’s parks. We also took a tour of the Civic Center which is currently under renovation. I was very impressed. I think that’s a good investment for the city. McMinnville is a great city with lots of opportunity. What I saw didn’t deter me in any way. Rather, it reaffirmed my decision that McMinnville would be a great place to live and work.”
Kelly is currently the CEO for the Eastern Regional Service Board in Newfoundland, Canada.