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Sunnyside City Council selects City Manager finalists

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Sunnyside City Council announced Thursday the finalists for the City Manager position.

City leaders have been looking since April through the head hunting firm, "The Prothman Company."

The community will be able to meet the finalists on July 22 at the Sunnyside Community Center. Finalists will then undergo interviews with a Review Committee, and be interviewed by the Council on July 23.

The five finalists include:

Mark Gervasi: Mr. Gervasi has 18 years of local government experience. He has served the City of Tillamook, Oregon, as City Manager since 1997. Prior to that he was City Administrator for the City of Lafayette, Oregon, for three years, City Administrator for the City of Jefferson, Oregon, for three years, and was also a personnel analyst for Clark County, Washington. Mr. Gervasi has a bachelor's degree in history from Florida Atlantic University, and a master of public administration degree from Brigham Young University.

Garold "Jerry" Gillham: Jerry Gillham was most recently City Manager for the City of Lakeport, California. Mr. Gillham is also a member of the National Guard and while at Lakeport, was called to active duty. Mr. Gillham served the US Army from August 2008 to June of this year in Iraq. He has also been Assistant to the City Manager for Prineville, Oregon, City Manager for Baker City, Oregon, City Manager for Scappoose, Oregon, City Administrator for Madras, Oregon, Chief Executive Officer for the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, Oregon, Assistant to the City Manager for Gresham, Oregon, City Manager for Nyssa, Oregon, and Region Manager/Area Director for Portland General Electric, Oregon. Mr. Gillham has a bachelor's degree in management from the George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, and has also completed a four-year program in economic development from the University of Oklahoma.

Byron Olson: Byron Olson is currently the Director of Finance and Administrative Services at the City of Sunnyside, Washington. Mr. Olson was with Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington, for over eighteen years, serving first as Director of Human Resources & Administration, then Director of Management & Budget, and finally Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Olson has also worked in the private sector as principal in two consulting firms, Westwood Financial Group, a financial planning and advising firm, and O2C Consulting, a consulting firm to private business and local government. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in theatre design from the University of Utah, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.

Craig Ward: Craig Ward was most recently the City Manager for the City of SeaTac, Washington, and served in that position for four years. Mr. Ward started at SeaTac in 1996, first as principal planner, then as Assistant City Manager for five years before becoming City Manager. He has also served the Jefferson County, Washington, Planning & Building Department, and was the director for three years. His experience includes work as a private-sector land use planning consultant and he has been a council member for the City of Pullman, Washington. Mr. Ward has bachelor's and master's degrees in forest management, and a master's degree in business, all from Washington State University.

Martha "Marty" Wine: Marty Wine has been the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Renton, Washington, since 2006. Prior to that, she was Principal Associate at Berk & Associates, a public policy consulting firm for local and regional Washington governments, for eight years. Ms. Wine has also worked for the City of Bellevue, Washington, as a senior budget analyst, a budget analyst for the King County Budget Office, policy analyst for the King County Executive Office, and was a legislative aide at the Washington State House of Representatives. Ms. Wine has a bachelor's degree in political science/economics from Western Washington University and a master of public administration degree from Seattle University.