LaneCo selects 5 finalists for county administrator post

LaneCo selects 5 finalists for county administrator post

EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County officials announced Wednesday their top five candidates for the county administrator position.

The county worked over the past two months to narrow down replacement candidates for former Lane County Administrator Lianne Richardson.

County spokeswoman Anne-Marie Levis said they arrived at five people they feel are qualified to oversee all county departments.

Ronald Bates, City Manager for Pico Rivera, California

Christopher Jordan, City Manager for West Linn, Oregon

Jeffrey Mihelich, Assistant City Manager for Surprise, Arizona

Steve Mokrohisky, County Manager for Douglas County, Nevada

Travis Myren, Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Administration for Dane County, Wisconsin

"We're really looking for someone for the long-term for this county administrative position, and it's very important what the community thinks as well,” said Levis.

There will be a community meet and greet with the finalists Thursday from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Lane County Public Service Building. County commissioners will make a final vote soon after.

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Ronald Bates has been the City Manager for Pico Rivera, California, since February 2011. He has over 25 years of experience working for county and city governments that has included serving as City Manager for the California cities of South Gate, La Habra Heights, and Buena Park, Assistant City Manager for Anaheim, California, and Assistant General Services Agency Director and Assistant County Administrative Officer for Orange County, California. He was a financial consultant for 17 years, with clients that included the City of Anaheim. Mr. Bates has also been an elected official, serving as Mayor and Council Member for the City of Los Alamitos, California. He has a Ph.D. in Public Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University Los Angeles.

Christopher Jordan has been the City Manager for West Linn, Oregon, since 2005. Prior to this, he served the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon, first as Assistant to the City Manager for four years and then Assistant City Manager for five years. Mr. Jordan has also worked for the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, in Washington, DC. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and Government from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Jeffrey Mihelich is currently the Assistant City Manager for Surprise, Arizona, a position he has held since 2008. He has over 23 years of experience in city and county government which includes serving as Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Algonquin, Illinois, where he was also Community Development Director, Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Poquoson, Virginia, and planning positions for James City County, Virginia, and the City of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Mihelich has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, Oregon.

Steve Mokrohisky has served Douglas County, Nevada, since February 2009, first serving as Assistant County Manager, then County Manager, a position he has held since July 2011. Prior to that he was with Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, for ten years, in positions that included Director of IT Business Services, Associate Director of Parks and Public Works, and he worked for three County Executives, serving as Deputy Director of Communications, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff. Mr. Mokrohisky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

Travis Myren has served Dane County, Wisconsin, since 1999. He is currently Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Administration, a position he has held since 2009, and he has also been Deputy Director of Administration, and Assistant to the Director of Administration/Special Projects Coordinator for the county. Mr. Myren has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.