Vancouver welcomes new deputy city manager to leadership team

Lon Pluckhahn will take on the role of deputy city manager of community and economic development, effective Aug. 2.

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver will welcome a new deputy city manager to its leadership team this summer.

Lon Pluckhahn
Lon Pluckhahn

Lon Pluckhahn will take on the role of deputy city manager of community and economic development, effective Aug. 2. This deputy position is one of two deputy city manager roles that are part of the city’s new organizational structure to strengthen leadership capacity and better serve organizational needs.

In this role, Pluckhahn will oversee the city’s community development, parks, recreation and cultural services, economic development, and policy and program management teams.

Pluckhahn brings more than 25 years of public sector experience to Vancouver, including economic development, parks and planning, collective bargaining, and financing for capital projects.

He has served as city manager for the past 14 years in Marion, Iowa — a growing community of 40,000 residents in the second largest metro in the state. Pluckhahn has also held city manager positions in Platteville, Wisconsin, and West Liberty, Iowa.

“We are excited to welcome Lon and his experience and compassionate leadership style to Vancouver later this summer,” said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes.

Pluckhahn is a credentialed manager through the International City Manager’s Association and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in community and regional planning, all from Iowa State University.

“I am looking forward to starting a new chapter and becoming a part of the Vancouver community,” said Pluckhahn. “The city has built a great foundation for well-managed growth and abundant opportunities and I am excited to be a part of its continued success.”

The city is also currently conducting a search for a deputy city manager of enterprise services, who will lead human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, general services, and information technology. Current Deputy City Manager Brian Carlson has announced he will be retiring this summer after 20 years with the city.

Information provided by the city of Vancouver.

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