“Is the fix in?” was a headline in the editor’s column a couple of weeks ago, referring to the Port’s “interim” director, Mike Weston (The Daily Astorian, April 15). The Port has done little to nothing about recruiting a new director, and after reading recent paper, the commission may lose Weston as well.  

The city of Astoria has lost their city manager, and it appears to me that “the fix is in” here as well. Initially, the interim manager was going to be someone not interested in being the city manager. However, it was decided that Brett Estes would serve as interim, even though he is/was planning to submit his resume for the position.  

Paul Benoit has now been in California a while, and I have heard nothing about the recruitment process for our new city manager. Has the city council decided to have an “interim” city manager for an indefinite period, following the Port’s example? Are they allowing Estes to serve in this capacity to improve his resume, instead of proceeding with the process and finding an experienced city manager? I would hope not, but who knows?

Cannon Beach on the other hand, is already beginning the recruitment process for a new city manager, even though Rich Mays is not leaving until July. Our neighbors to the south are doing it right. They are  allowing enough time to find a good fit, and avoid the perception of “the fix.” 

Marcia Fenske



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