Camas City Council candidates address leadership turnover

“I feel like the job of mayor of our town right now is more than part-time,” King said. “It is very hard for individuals to give the position all it needs while trying to be successful at a full-time job and possibly have a family at home.”

High differed with his opponent Perman on compensation for the city administrator.

“We are a growing town,” High said. “Are we meeting the top levels of total compensation for the area?”

Perman said, rather, that compensation is typically not a factor in retaining employees.

“In business, turnover is generally caused by mismanagement and/or poor hiring methods,” Perman said. “As a Camas city council member, I’ll ensure that candidates for top positions are completely vetted, assessed and interviewed by the full city council.”

Niles said he wants the new leadership to retain Camas’ small-town feel.

“I would love to see an administrator that either is promoted from within or, at the very least, knows the ins and outs of leading in a small town, hometown feel,” Niles said. “We need leaders who are just as in love with our city as we are, not seeing this as a stepping stone to something else.”

Others referenced educational and professional prerequisites. McDaniel, in addition to wanting to hire someone who already lives in the area, said she would want city administrator candidates to have a master’s degree and at least 10 years of experience as a director of a department in municipal government.

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