Recruiting Vancouver’s next City Manager

In April, the Vancouver City Council launched a nationwide recruitment to hire Vancouver’s next City Manager. The City is searching now due to the upcoming retirement of current City Manager Eric Holmes in October.

Vancouver operates under a council-manager form of government, meaning the City Council appoints a City Manager to serve as the city’s chief executive. The role and responsibilities of the City Manager are defined in the City Charter and the Revised Code of Washington.

Hiring Process 

The City is committed to a transparent and open search. The City Council has formed a subcommittee to lead the search. The subcommittee comprises Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor Pro-Tem Eric Paulsen, and Councilmember Bart Hansen. The entire Council will determine who will be hired.

The City has contracted with Bob Murray and Associates to help manage the recruitment. The goal is to appoint Vancouver’s next City Manager in early fall. The public is invited to participate by providing input that will inform the hiring process.

Recruitment and Selection Timeline. April; community input survey. May; build candidate pool. June; analyze survey data. July; interview finalists, candidate forums, make contingent offer. August; background checks, ratify appointment. September-October transition.

Get Involved

A survey was opened from April 23 to May 15 to collect feedback regarding what is important to the community regarding the search for the next City Manager. The survey included five open-answer questions covering Vancouver’s challenges, skills and experience, management and leadership, community interaction, and general input for the Council to consider when making this hire. We received 190 responses (189 in English and 1 in Spanish). View the survey analysis.

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