Stanfield city manager among candidates for Umatilla job

Downtown Umatilla in 2017

Blair Larsen, Stanfield’s city manager, is one of three finalists for the open Umatilla city manager position.

The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it will be holding a public meet and greet with candidates Larsen, Scott Meszaros and David Stockdale next Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, 100 Cline Ave.

Larsen has worked as Stanfield city manager since 2013.

Meszaros has been town administrator of Meeker, Colorado, (population 2,352) since 2012, according to a news release from the chamber.

Stockdale was most recently city administrator for Prosser, Washington, for two years. The Tri-City Herald reported that he resigned in June after an investigation that showed he had used an Oregon driver’s license to avoid paying about $361 in sales tax, mostly at the Kennewick Costco. He told the paper it was a “simple misstep” due to confusion about his tax status since the rest of his family had not yet joined him in Washington.

Former Umatilla city manager Russ Pelleberg resigned in June and the city council chose community development director Tamra Mabbott to serve as interim city manager while a consultant conducted a nationwide search for candidates.

The public is invited to meet the candidates Thursday, with opening comments by Mayor Darren Dufloth and a brief statement by each candidate kicking off the night. Light refreshments will be provided.

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