New city manager sworn in Monday at council meeting

Although it was announced in mid-May she was hired for the position, on Monday evening Jacque Betz was installed as Newberg’s new city manager.

During a special presentation at the Newberg City Council meeting, Betz was sworn in by City Attorney Truman Stone and started her position immediately with the city manager’s report for the evening.

“I’ve had a very productive day for myself,” Betz said. “I can share what Lee (Elliott) is experiencing now. Transitioning out can be very difficult.”by: SETH GORDON - It's official - Jacque Betz was sworn in as Newberg's next city manager at the City Council meeting Monday evening.

Betz was city manager in Florence, where she worked for 14 years before seeking new opportunities.

“It was a really difficult decision because I don’t really have a reason to leave Florence. I have a really good, strong relationship with the community, elected officials and my staff, but what attracted me to Newberg was the opportunity to come into a bigger city,” she said in May. “I felt like this would be just a really good (opportunity) for me to branch out in city government and go into a new community to see if I can help form positive relationships and help solve problems that all cities have right now because of the economy.”

One of her first goals is to work with city staff to develop a long-range financial plan, including five-year revenue projections.

“So that we can better look at what cuts need to be made with regard to services we provide and expenses,” Betz said. “We have to prioritize what the priorities are to people in the community. I know public safety is one of them, and you have a fantastic library. For me, it’s going to be about forming new partnerships and trying to be more stable and creating more of a business-friendly environment so that people want to come and open a new business in Newberg or expand on what’s there currently.”

For now, Betz is starting small and meeting with each City Council member and department head individually, before reaching out to the community.

“The next couple weeks will be very busy for me and I want to thank you very much for the opportunity,” she said. “Newberg is on the cusp of some great things and I’m really glad to be part of facilitating this process.”

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