A nationwide search to fill a position for administrative assistant to Hermiston City Manager Ed Brookshier has yielded a large crop of applicants.

More than 80 people have applied for the position, Brookshier said recently.

"I would like to have someone on board as early as June," Brookshier said.

The position will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of former assistant city manager Ray Jones.

Jones’ position, however, was a part-time spot and paid approximately $50,000 per year.

The new position will be full time and will pay between $67,000 and $75,000 per year.

A job description asked for two years of experience in municipal government administrative services and "an individual with the right values and skills for a long-term career in local government management."

The administrative assistant will aid the city manager in economic development, human resources management, advisory committees support and public information services, according to the website.

"It would not be a passive role," Brookshier said. "It would be more of a proactive, information development role."

The new position will have more direct responsibility for human resource management, Brookshier said, than in the past.

The minimum qualifications for the position include a bachelor's degree in public or business administration, or a related field.

Brookshier said approximately 10 of the applicants so far "easily" meet the minimum qualificationsn.

Brookshier said telephone interviews for the position could begin as early as April.

The application deadline is March 30.

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