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City hires new city manager


Government — Jacque Betz of Florence will replace interim city manager Lee Elliott in June

After lengthy interviews, the process of selecting Newberg’s new city manager is over.

Selected from three finalists, the City Council offered the position to Jacque Betz, who accepted the position Tuesday morning.

Betz has been city manager for the city of Florence since January 2012 and is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration from Northwestern University.Betz

Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews said she may be in and out of the office starting Friday, but her official start date will be sometime in June.

“The actual start date I don’t have, (but) what I’m saying to staff is early to mid-June with the oath of office June 16,” Andrews said.

Betz will replace Interim City Manager Lee Elliott who took over for Dan Danicic last summer after he resigned amid revelations that he had an affair with a subordinate. Elliott announced late last month that he had written his position as assistant city manager out of the budget and would no longer work for the city as of June 30.

Andrews said Betz brings a lot of experience to the table as the new city manager.

“This is just me the mayor speaking, (but) she brings an experience in a number of areas of municipal and city management that we were looking for, as demonstrated on inner-agency cooperation and coordination,” he said. “She brings economic development insights, brings financial responsibility and is a no nonsense-style manager.”

The city manager’s salary range was set between $110,000 and $130,000 and Andrews said Betz was hired on the lower end of the scale, although the exact number was not available. Danicic was making $123,624 before he resigned.