Hermiston City Manager Ed Brookshier has narrowed the search for an assistant to his position from nearly 120 applicants down to four finalists, including the city manager of Stanfield.

Scott Pingel of Hermiston is a finalist for the position along with Mark Morgan of Spokane, Wash., Megan Messmer of Portland and Gordon Zimmerman of Oakridge.

Pingel has served as city manager of Stanfield since 2010. He served previously as a consultant for the City of Richland, Wash., and holds a master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University.

Pingel chose not to comment until interviews for the position were complete.

City department heads will take Pingel and the three other finalists on a tour of city facilities on Thursday followed by interviews with Brookshier and three city councilors at City Hall on Friday.

City Councilors Rod Hardin, Jackie Myers and George Anderson will assist with interviews, Brookshier said.

After the interview process, Brookshier said he will perform a final background check on a “preferred candidate” before making an offer to a finalist.

Brookshier hopes to make an offer by the end of the month.

He said someone will likely be in place between three weeks and a month from that point.

“There’s been a lot of work stacking up, particularly with the new committees we’ve put in place,” Brookshier said.

Zimmerman has served in city administration since 1992. He had served as  administrator for the cities of Oakridge and Vernonia, and as the city manager of Baker City and Nyssa. He has a master’s degree of management from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Messmer graduated from Portland State University on June 17 with a master’s degree in public administration. She has served as a budget analyst for the City of Mt. Angel, Ore., and has interned in human resources for the City of Dayton.

Morgan, an Ontario native, is currently interning as an assistant to the city administrator for the City of Cheney, Wash., and has interned as an assistant to the city supervisor for the City of Pullman, Wash.

Brookshier also said two finalists will be interviewed next week for the city finance director position.

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