The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria in closed executive session to pick a list of finalists for the open county manager's job.

The board will meet with executive search consultant Greg Prothman, who conducted interviews of 12 semifinalists and who will share his feedback with the commissioners.

Clatsop County is seeking a replacement for former County Manager Scott Derickson, who left the county last October to become city manager in Woodburn. The county received 43 applications for the job, out of which the board selected the top dozen for Prothman to contact.

The board plans to bring the finalists to the county the week of March 16 for interviews with the commissioners, county staff and selected community leaders. An open house will be held to give the public the chance to meet the candidates face-to-face.

As the board of commissioners moved toward the final phase of the search, Interim County Manager Harold "Andy" Anderson marked his final day on the job Friday. Anderson was hired by the county in October to fill the position during the search process, and his contract with Clatsop County - originally four months and extended to five - ended Saturday. A longtime city administrator with 36 years experience in Oregon, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma, Anderson most recently served as city manager for Bend before his retirement in 2007.

In the interim until the new manager's arrival, Assistant County Manager Nicole Williams will handle the tasks. Williams has served with Clatsop County government since 1997, including three years as county clerk. She was hired as assistant county manager in January 2008.


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