County approves contract for new county manager

Shawn Henessee will take over on July 23


Shawn Henessee, city administrator for Pleasant Hill, MO, answers questions during a forum for county manager finalists. Photo by Chris Brown
Shawn Henessee

VANCOUVER — On Tuesday, the Clark County Council approved a contract with Shawn Henessee, who has been hired to fill the county manager position.


The contract is for three years and states that Henessee’s starting salary will be $170,000 annually. His anticipated start date is Mon., July 23.

The councilors selected Henessee as county manager after conducting an extensive nationwide search.

“I look forward to starting as county manager at Clark County,” said Henessee. “It is an exciting opportunity with great employees and located in a beautiful area.”

Henessee currently is the city administrator of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, a position he has held since 2017. He served as county administrator for Marinette County, Wisconsin, from 2015-2017. County officials cited Henessee’s “extensive experience with county and local government departments and functions’’ as one reason for his hire.

Henessee holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wichita State University, a master’s degree in political science from University of Kansas and a law degree from University of Missouri.

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