Clatsop County has selected its second and third staffers in the line of succession to the county manager position.
The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday officially naming Budget and Finance Director and Assistant County Manager Monica Steele as the manager pro tem. Commissioners also named Chief Deputy Sheriff Paul Williams as the alternate manager pro tem, or third in line.
Commissioners are required to appoint a manager pro tem. The manager pro tem typically signs any documents that requires the county manager’s signature while he or she is away or incapacitated.
“It’s just a housekeeping issue, really,” County Manager Cameron Moore said. “It’s leadership 101.”
Steele already was the manager pro tem, while Public Works Director Michael Summers has been third in line. Steele, who still runs the Budget and Finance Department, was appointed assistant county manager in July. Moore said he was hoping to give Summers more freedom to focus on county projects.
Moore said he was impressed with Williams’ knowledge of county operations after working with him on various programs. Based on recommendations from staff and Sheriff Tom Bergin, he offered Williams the position — which he accepted — about a month ago.