County council picks Shawn Henessee for manager

first_imgShawn Henessee The Clark County Council has picked Shawn Henessee to be the next county manager.According to a county news release, on Thursday the council unanimously approved a motion authorizing council Chair Marc Boldt and Interim County Manager Jim Rumpeltes to develop a contract with Henessee.The council’s decision came just a day after holding a forum where the three finalists for the position answered questions from county staff and the public. During the forum, Henessee touted his work as assistant director for Jackson County, a large county in Missouri that includes much of Kansas City. Additionally, he highlighted his service as county administrator for Marinette County, Wis., where he said he helped solve a structural deficit regarding how the county funded roads. A lawyer admitted to the Washington bar, Henessee also mentioned his work at a law firm where he focused on land-use and growth management.Boldt said that the council interviewed the candidates Wednesday afternoon and then met in executive session, a special meeting closed to the public, for nearly two hours. He said the council talked again for an hour on Thursday before making its decision.“He really made an impression on us how he gets out and listens to employees,” said Boldt.Boldt also said that the council appreciated his approach to growth management and planning, as well as his willingness to get into the details of a budget.Boldt said that Henessee’s contract is being negotiated with county Human Resources and he didn’t have details. The county’s previous manager, Mark McCauley, had an annual salary of $169,460 and a monthly car allowance of $400. Previously, Boldt had suggested the county would need to pay $200,000 or more to attract a qualified manager.last_img

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