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Administrator job draws 21 applicants
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Ben Newman
McMinnville officials have a large field of applicants in their search for a permanent city administrator.
“We received 21 applicants,” said Mayor Ben Newman, who adds it has not been determined how best to reduce the list. “I don’t know the details yet. We might whittle it down ourselves with input from MTAS.”
MTAS is the state’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, which accepted resumes and submitted them to the city board. Applicants were ranked by MTAS in order of qualifications based on the city’s current job description.
While the names are being withheld until the list has been whittled down to those individuals under serious consideration, it does contain a few familiar names, including that of the interim city administrator Bill Brock.
Brock, who has been city administrator since August 2014, was No. 2 on the list. When contacted by the Standard, he declined to comment.
However, his desire to keep the position was made clear when officials changed the job description to allow for work experience to be considered instead of requiring a four-year degree.
“Four years ago, the board allowed me to be acting city administrator. In that time, I think I’ve proven myself,” said Brock when the qualifications were changed. “Now they want to move to a permanent city administrator and the current board is willing to allow work experience to be added to the job description which will give me the opportunity to apply. So, yes, I will be applying. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
The city administrator is responsible for managing 153 full-time and 77 part-time city employees and helping elected officials appropriate an annual budget that is $21.6 million this year.

The deadline to apply was Oct. 1.