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Mokrohisky top pick for Oregon job

Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky confirmed Wednesday that the Lane County, Ore., commissioners offered him the job as county administrator.

“Lane County did take action today to offer the county administrator position to me,” he said. “My family has not made a final decision, but it is an offer that we are considering seriously.”

Mokrohisky was Lane County’s top pick for the job, the Register-Guard reported.

The board voted 4-1 for Mokrohisky, 36, over four other contenders, according to the Eugene, Ore., newspaper.

“My family has been humbled by the support we continue to receive from our community,” he said in an email to The Record-Courier.

Lane County is located in west central Oregon and has a population of roughly 350,000 people.

The advertised salary is $150,000-$175,000, plus benefits.

Last week, in a note to The Record-Courier, Mokrohisky said he had mixed feelings about the Oregon job.

“I love the work we are doing in Douglas County,” he said. “We have a strong board, an outstanding team and a great dialogue with residents. Plus, my family loves our life in Douglas County.”

Mokrohisky and his wife, Liz, have two children, ages 2 and 5.

He was hired as assistant Douglas County manager in 2009 from Milwaukee County, Wis., where he was director of information technology business services.

When County Manager T. Michael Brown left for Hillsboro, Ore., in 2011, county commissioners selected Mokrohisky to succeed him.

Mokrohisky already had an impressive record when he stepped into the county manager’s shoes, including privatization of the Minden-Tahoe Airport and successful passage of the 2010 airport weight ordinance, an issue debated in the community for decades.

He was also instrumental in bringing the county’s budget process under control, including a deal with county employees that helped balance the budget.

His assistant county manager, Christine Vuletich, was hired in 2012.

Mokrohisky participates in a question-and-answer blog hosted by The Record-Courier’s Running Commentary.


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