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County Manager

Phone: (503) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: s***@***.us
Clatsop County
355 7Th Street PO Box 658
Astoria , Oregon 97103
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • master of public administration degree
    University of Arizona
  • bachelor of social work degree
    Arizona State University
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CEDR meets monthly on economic ... [cached]
CEDR meets monthly on economic development issues with County Manager Scott Somers and all City Managers, is an advisory member of the Governors Regional Solutions Advisory Committee and Col-Pac Economic Development District, serves on the Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Columbia Pacific Preservation/CCC Historic Preservation Program Committee.
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Scott Somers of Hillsboro, Oregon, the Clatsop County manager. He previously served as city manager in Reedsport, Oregon, which has about 4,000 people, and worked as assistant city administrator in Savage, Minnesota near Minneapolis. Somers has a master of public administration from the University of Arizona.
Clatsop County Hires New Manager | North Coast Oregon, 1 Sept 2014 [cached]
Scott Somers, city manager of Reedsport, OR, will begin his new position as Clatsop County manager July 16th.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has offered the job of county manager to Scott Somers.
Somers, 44, currently the city manager of Reedsport, is expected to start with the county July 16. He replaces former county manager Duane Cole, who retired May 31 after three years with the county.
The board is scheduled to approve an employment contract with Somers at its June 13 meeting. His starting salary will be $112,000 a year plus benefits.
"I think this is going to be a great fit," he said.
"I very much look forward to working with Scott - I believe that he can look forward to a long and successful tenure."
Somers was born in Tucson, Ariz. and raised in Arizona and central Oregon. He earned a bachelor of social work degree from Arizona State University and master of public administration degree from the University of Arizona. His career in public administration began in 2004 at White Bear Lake, Minnesota where he served as assistant to the city manager. In 2006 he was hired as assistant city manager for Savage, Minnesota.
Somers joined Reedsport, a city of 4,300 on the central Oregon Coast, in January 2009. The city has a staff of 33 and a $14 million annual budget.
Among the city's accomplishments during his tenure are completing a $12 million wastewater treatment plant; brokering a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Army Corps of Engineers on levee certification; pursuing downtown revitalization efforts; and developing a strategic plan.
Somers said one of his top goals in Reedsport has been building relationships - with city council and staff, citizens and civic groups, neighboring districts, lawmakers and state and federal agencies. "I am very open to work with - people recognized that," he said. "We may not always agree, but we can respect each other's opinion."
During his tenure Reedsport actively promoted itself to regional and state economic development entities, Somers said. Like communities in Clatsop County, it has faced the challenge of diversifying its economy in an area historically dependent on fishing and logging.
Somers believes the transition from city to county government won't be difficult. He has not overseen public health programs in his city jobs, but said his background in social work - he was a case worker as a college undergraduate - gives him some insight into services provided through the county Public Health Department.
As part of the selection process the county and consultant Prothman arranged for Somers and the other five finalists to be interviewed by three separate panels: the board of commissioners; county department heads and labor representatives; and a community stakeholders panel that included city officials, Clatsop Community College President Larry Galizio, Circuit Court Judge Cindee Matyas, three citizens and state lawmakers Betsy Johnson and Deborah Boone.
Smoke Free Oregon | Clatsop County [cached]
Scott Lee Clatsop
Scott Lee Clatsop
Scott Lee, a Clatsop County commissioner, explains why it's important to raise awareness about Big Tobacco's marketing and promotion reaching kids and teens.
Scott Lee, a Clatsop County commissioner, explains why it's important to raise awareness about Big Tobacco's marketing and promotion reaching kids and teens.
The Reedsport City Council ..., 16 Dec 2008 [cached]
The Reedsport City Council members called it one of the toughest decisions they've ever had to make as they chose Savage, Minn., Assistant City Manager Scott Somers to be the next city manager of Reedsport.
The council had met twice in executive session, before opening its public meeting to name Somers as their choice.
"I couldn't be happier," Somers said when told of the council's decision.
The council was able to narrow the field to three candidates, Lechuga, Wright and Somers.
The vote was 5-1, with Councilman Bill Walker casting the one vote against Somers.
"We listened to what each other had to say and for me, it came down to experience and I think Mr. Somers has shown that he has that."
Experience was also a deciding factor for Councilwoman Diane Essig.
"We were looking for experience and that's what we got," she said.
"A city manager must be able to work with the police and fire departments, and while the other candidates had a lot to recommend them, they both lacked the hands-on experience that Scott has," he said.
While the decision has been made, it won't be finalized until the council is able to meet with Somers on contract negotiations, which will be handled by the board as a whole, instead of an appointed committee.
"We will talk about what and how to approach the negotiations with Mr. Somers and then go ahead and see if we can get this done," Tymchuk said.
"Right now, I'm going to relax a little and celebrate," Somers said.
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