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Cosgrove contract extended by appreciative city council

Wilsonville City Manager has built a record of financial expertise in his three years at the helm


by: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Wilsonville City Manager Bryan Cosgrove. Bryan Cosgrove has firmly established his bona fides as Wilsonville City Manager over the past three years.

From those opening months in 2011, when he was tasked with immediately slashing over $1 million from the city’s operating budget, the former U.S. Army officer has taken charge of the city apparatus and watched as Wilsonville has bucked recent economic trends and established itself as one of the Portland metro area’s top employment hubs.

Recently, the Wilsonville City Council recognized that performance with a raise, unanimously approving a new one-year contract that will pay Cosgrove close to $141,000 for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

“There’s a lot to say here, but I’ll try to keep it brief,” Councilor Scott Starr said at the council’s July 7 meeting. “For the residents of Wilsonville, they should know the council is extremely pleased with the direction the city is going in. And Bryan’s leadership, as it concerns customer service all the way through financial responsibilities, has been recognized and very much appreciated.”

Starr and Councilor Richard Goddard were instrumental in supporting Cosgrove’s hiring in 2011, when he was selected from a field of 90 candidates to replace retired city manager Arlene Loble. Today, both men are more convinced than ever they made the correct decision three years ago.

“I continue to be impressed with the level of professionalism and leadership you’ve brought to your role and the level of discipline you’ve brought to finding process improvements throughout the city,” Goddard said July 7. “And also the heightened focus on customer service; I think that shows, and it’s reflected in the positive results we’ve seen in citizen surveys. As I look back to the hiring process a couple of years ago, since that time you have continued to demonstrate why you were and continue to be the right choice for Wilsonville.”

Starr said Cosgrove has not only adopted the council’s platform with skill, he has also brought an additional level of budgeting skill and fiscal responsibility to the process.

“The things that we’re trying to do is make sure we’re extremely proactive in our vision and our continuity, to make sure we stay true to the strategies we’ve put in place,” Starr said. “And in doing that, making sure we are fiscally responsible. And Bryan has helped us in many aspects of that, as well, and overall I think we’re very fortunate that we have him at the city’s helm.”

Cosgrove earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Portland State University and served in the Gulf War. He was hired as the city manager for the city of Silverton in 2002 and filled that position until being hired by Wilsonville. Prior to Silverton, Cosgrove worked for the city of Oregon City.

“I feel very fortunate to be working in a city that has a lot going on in terms of growth and development,” he said. “And also to be working with a very engaged city council that has a highly qualified professional staff; I feel very fortunate and I thank you for the continued opportunity to lead the city.”

Under the resolution adopted July 7 by the city council, Cosgrove is an at-will employee and will earn a salary of $140,905.47 for fiscal year 2014-15. He will receive $400 monthly for a car allowance and will be eligible for the same employee benefits as other city employees, such as health care and the public employee retirement system, or PERS.



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