The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners named its selection for the next county manager.

It chose Duane Cole, city manager of Walla Walla, Wash.

The Board voted unanimously to offer Cole an employment agreement during Wednesday night's regular meeting. Members broke for an executive session to discuss the selection before reconvening their meeting and announcing the selection.

Cole was not among the original 43 applicants for the Clatsop County position. But after Dave Fonfara withdrew his name, executive search consultant Greg Prothman, whom the county hired to assist in the hiring process, contacted Cole about the county job. Cole then announced he would put in his name for consideration.

Cole has served for seven years as city manager in Walla Walla. According to his résumé, during his tenure the city passed a bond measure for a new fire station, completed a downtown master plan, rewrote the city's comprehensive plan and "healed many intergovernmental conflicts."

His professional career dates back to 1977 when he became city administrator of Pilot Rock. Subsequent positions included city administrator positions with Pendleton, Newberg and Susanville, Calif. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Oregon.

Although contract negotiations have to be completed, the selection of Cole concludes the process to choose a replacement for former County Manager Scott Derickson, who resigned in October to accept the job of city administrator in Woodburn.

Harold Anderson was selected as interim manager, but left the county Feb. 28, after staying a month longer than he was originally asked.

Assistant County Manager Nicole Williams has been acting as interim manager since Anderson's departure.

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