Lincoln City City Manager Ron Chandler will be leaving to become Silverton City Manager, according to Monday’s Silverton City Council special session.
“We’ve accomplished a lot because of our outstanding staff,” Chandler told Homepage. “It’s been my privilege to lead them.”
Silverton city officials unanimously extended an offer for the position of city manager to Ron Chandler — after coming back from executive session — and appointed a negotiation team consisting of Mayor Kyle Palmer and Council President Jess Miller to negotiate terms of his employment. The offer follows a virtual “meet and greet” between Chandler and John Williams for the open Silverton City Manager position. The two answered questions and told community members how they would serve the City of Silverton.
“What attracted you to apply for the city manager position,” asked Mayor Palmer.
Chandler said his wife had a lot to do with the decision, saying Silverton was beautiful and a nice place to live. He said the couple was looking for opportunities to work with a community and city council who needed help with challenges.
Chandler said he and the City of Silverton are finalizing terms of the contract and should be done by next week. Chandler will formally submit his resignation to the City of Lincoln City at that time. Lincoln City Councilors will need to hire a new city manager and may appoint an interim city manager until then.
Chandler has been with the City of Lincoln City for six years and during that time has overseen countless items affecting the tourism-driven coastal town.