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Friday, May 25, 2012


A new candidate has been added to the list of Clatsop County Manager finalists scheduled to be interviewed May 30.

Scott Somers was named a finalist following word that another finalist, Ed Green, has accepted a job with another organization.

Somers will join Gene Green, Michael McNees, Tom Mitchell, Travis Myren and James Payne on the finalist list. All six candidates will be the guests at a public meet-and-greet reception Tuesday, May 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 West Marine Drive, Astoria. Citizens will be able to meet one-on-one with the applicants and ask them questions.

On Wednesday, May 30 the candidates will undergo interviews by three panels made up of the county commissioners, senior county staff and labor representatives, and local stakeholders including representatives from cities, Clatsop Community College and the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.

The county commissioners hope to make a final selection by early June.

Scott Somers is city manager of Reedsport, a job he has held since 2009. Prior to that he was the assistant city administrator of Savage, Minnesota, from 2006 to 2009, and also served as assistant to the city manager in White Bear Lake, Minnesota for two years. He has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.