|4/8/2013 3:01:00 PM|
Council taps Gorayeb as city manager
A divided city council has selected Andrew Gorayeb as the "limited duration" city manager for a period of four months.
Gorayeb serves on the SPRD board, the school board and has served on the fire district and city budget committees.
The decision came after a series of interviews and council deliberations on Monday.
The dissenting councilors, David Asson and Catherine Childress preferred former Bend City Manager Larry Patterson. The councilors indicated that they do not want the limited duration manager to make significant changes and to focus on the search for a permanent city manager.
Councilors McKibben Womack, Wendy Holzman, and Mayor Brad Boyd indicated that they see a more active role for the limited duration manager in improving city operations and jump-starting economic activity in Sisters.
Councilor Asson raised the specter of Gorayeb laying off as many as six city staff, an assertion Boyd characterized as "fear mongering," saying it ran counter to conversations Boyd has had with Gorayeb.
Asked directly by The Nugget if he has an agenda that includes firing staff, Gorayeb said, flatly, "No." He then noted, "Do I see opportunities to be more efficient? Yeah, I do."
In his letter of interest to the city council, Gorayeb cited more than 25 years of private sector management experience and noted that since moving to Sisters he has been active in public affairs and developed a special interest in ""turnarounds of distressed public agencies."
As a board member, Gorayeb was instrumental in the turnaround of Sisters Park and Recreation District.
Gorayeb was named the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year.
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