The next Lebanon city manager will have an opportunity to conduct a top to bottom organizational review, according to the recruitment brochure posted online by the Prothman Company, the firm contracted by the council to conduct the hiring process.

Positive communication is mentioned throughout the brochure and in the accompanying letter, signed by the mayor and all of the councilors.

Encouraging citizen participation and support and improving communication with the public and within the city are included in the description.

A track record of building relationships, being trustworthy, and having a straightforward communication style are some of the desired characteristics.

An ideal candidate “will have a collaborative management style and will be an inspirational leader who creates an atmosphere where staff wants to come to work,” according to the brochure.

Additionally, the brochure states economic development is an area of high priority, and a candidate should bring innovative ideas for balancing growth and Lebanon’s small-town atmosphere.

While the brochure touts Lebanon’s scenic landscape, recreation opportunities, and economic development, it does not ignore some of the “opportunities and challenges” the next city manager will face.

Permanently filling the chief of police position and the financial impact the new water treatment plant will have on citizens are among the issues listed.

The recent change in the make up of the council is addressed in a letter from the council to prospective candidates, saying there is a new sense of energy and a spirit of moving Lebanon forward.

“The council is committed to finding new ways of improving our city government for our citizens and our employees,” the council said in the letter.

View the complete brochure and letter online at or visit

The council will meet next at noon on April 24 at the Santiam Travel Station, 750 S. Third St., in a work session about the water and sewer utility systems.


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