Meet the finalists for Clark County manager

City administrator from Missouri and county manager from New Mexico named as finalists for position left vacant by termination of Mark McCauley in 2017

VANCOUVER — The Clark County Council has announced two finalists for the vacant county manager position.

In a press release issued Friday, the county said the candidates are Rick Rudometkin, county manager of Eddy County, New Mexico, and Shawn Henessee, city administrator for Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The public is invited to meet the two candidates during a moderated forum from 9 to 10 a.m. Wed., May 30, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

The Clark County Council listens to public comment during a hearing last month. The council has been without a county manager since last year. Photo by Eric Schwartz
The Clark County Council listens to public comment during a hearing last month. The council has been without a county manager since last year. Photo by Eric Schwartz

According to brief biographical information provided by the county, Rudometkin has held his current position since 2013 and previously served as public works director in Eddy County.

“He has 24 years of progressive local and municipal government experience,” according to a press release from Clark County. “He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Woodbury University, Burbank, California. He also holds credentials as a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics and Certified Public Manager through the New Mexico EDGE program.”

Henessee has been city administrator in Pleasant Hill since 2017. He served as county administrator for Marinette County, Wisconsin, from 2015 to 2017.

“He has extensive experience with county and local government departments and functions,” according to the press release from Clark County. “He 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 juris doctor from University of Missouri.”

To suggest questions for the moderated forum, sent an email to countymanagersearch@clark.wa.gov.

The previous Clark County manager Mark McCauley was terminated by county councilors in May 2017. Jim Rumpeltes began working as the interim county manager in July. The councilors passed on a previous slate of finalists and the matter had since gone undiscussed in regular council meetings.

A call to Clark County Chair Marc Boldt was not immediately returned.

This story will be updated.

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