Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery was recently a finalist for a city manager position at the City of Gresham, OR which ended up reopening their search after not moving forward with any candidate.
On Tuesday, Montgomery confirmed that he was a finalist, but offered no other comment except he will be staying with the city and would only explore other opportunties that really made sense for him and his family.
According to the City of Gresham, Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery was selected as one of three finalist for the position which held a virtual community forum on January 11 to introduce the candidates. In total, there were 64 candidates who applied after the retirement of Erik Kvarsten.
The city listed Montgomery’s bio as such:
- Bryan Montgomery has served as the City Manager of the City of Oakley, California, since 2005. His public administration career began in 1994 when he joined the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico, as the Assistant City Manager. He then transitioned to the City of Rupert, Idaho, where he served as the City Administrator for one and a half years. Then, he served as the City Manager for the City of Mesquite, Nevada, for seven years. Bryan is an ICMA credentialed manager and received his Master of Public Administration degree and his Bachelor of Arts in International Government Relations degree from Brigham Young University.
- Ann Ober has served as the City Manager of the City of Milwaukie, Oregon, since 2016. Ann began her local government leadership career in 2005 when she was hired by Salt Lake County, Utah. Over six years, she worked in Community Relations, Diversity Affairs, Environmental Policy, and Government Affairs. She then progressed to the Public Services Administrative Division Director for the Salt Lake City Corp, Utah, followed by the role of Senior Policy Advisor and Government Affairs Director for Park City Municipal, Utah. Ann received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
- Stephen Rymer has served as the City Administrator of the City of Rochester, Minnesota, since 2017. Stephen’s first City Manager role was with the City of Morgan Hill, California, from 2013 to 2017. Stephen has 15 years of community services and parks and recreation-related leadership experience in New Brighton, Minnesota and Morgan Hill, California. Stephen received his Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Hamline University and his Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies degree from the University of Minnesota.
In an article posted by The Outlook Monday, it stated the City of Gresham is back to restarting the city manager search after the city has gone through two interim managers; 64 candidates being turned down; and a lack of suitable internal candidates. With three finalists, Rymer accepted another city manager position, Ober dropped out and the council opted not to move forward with Montgomery.
For the time being, Montgomery will remain as Oakley City Manager as they work to onboard its new City Council.