was brushing her
teeth in her
Klamath Falls home when she
found out, a few minutes past 10 o'clock Tuesday night, that the Baker City Council
had just voted 7-0 to offer her
the job of city manager.Jennifer Watkins, the city's community development director, telephoned Zaida from Baker City Hall to tell her of the Council's offer.
Councilors added only one condition to that offer , it's pending until the city completes a criminal background check on Zaida
Watkins told councilors, who waited in council chambers during Watkins' five-minute phone conversation, that Zaida
was "excited" but that she
wanted to consider the Council's offer overnight.
Watkins said Zaida
intended to call City Hall this morning with her answer.
As of 9:35 a.m., 10 minutes before the Baker City Herald's press deadline, Zaida
had not phoned City Hall, Watkins said.
It was perhaps appropriate that Watkins extended the Council's offer to Zaida
...The two have the same job title , Zaida works as community development director in Klamath Falls, a city of 20,720 in South-Central Oregon near the California border.Zaida
, one of six candidates whom city councilors interviewed, told the Baker City Herald
in a telephone interview Monday that although she's
happy with her
current job, "Baker City
has always been on my radar."
"I like small towns," Zaida
Councilors did not discuss what Zaida's salary might be.
The city advertised a salary range of $84,000 to $96,000.Gillham's final salary was $82,548.Mayor Jeff Petry said Tuesday that Zaida impressed him during her 90-minute interview with the City Council on Saturday.
Petry described Zaida
as "energetic," "very competent" and a manager who will bring "fresh thinking" to City Hall.
...Councilor Beverly Calder said Zaida came across during her interview as a consummate professional , "Confident but not at all cocky."
...Zaida is a recent member of the board of directors for the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association; her term expired last June.
...On Jan. 9 the City Council pared that list to five candidates , Zaida; Fine; Steve Bogart, who served as the city's interim manager from fall 2004 through fall 2005; Rodger Bennett, who worked as Baker City manager from May 1980 until August 1983 and was city manager in Florence until the end of 2006; and David Weiser, former city manager in Ocean Shores, Wash.
Councilors re-opened the meeting to the public, as required by Oregon's
public meetings law, before voting 7-0 to offer the job to Zaida