Pendleton - A Pendleton Town Council selected a new town manager in a quick meeting Monday, Feb. 17, after months of debate and considering dozens of applications.
After the short discussion, council member Chad Wolfe made a motion to nominate Tim McClintick as Pendleton’s new town manager.
The motion was seconded by member Jeanette Isbell and was passed by a margin of 3-2, with member John Armington and Vice-President Chet Babb voting nay.
McClintick was formerly Pendleton’s Assistant Planning Director and has been Interim Town Manager since the fall of last year.
“Thank you very much,” McClintick said after being appointed. “I would like to compliment the council – the interviews were very professional and thorough. As you can see, my two grandchildren just walked in. They’re my main interest, I want to make this community better for them and everyone else involved. I consider it a privilege to serve.”
The council met for the special meeting at 2 p.m. to discuss the position.
“The council has been working very, very hard on this,” President Robert Jones said. “We had 28 applications and it was a very tough decision.”
Jones said he voted for McClintick because he has experience in the position and had a great job over the past six months.
“We had several good candidates, but we had to narrow it down to one,” Jones said.
“He has done a very good job as interim town manager, and I think he’ll continue to do a great job in that condition.”
The council president also cited McClintick’s previous work and interactions with the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historical Preservation Commission.
“I admire the job that he’s done,” Jones said. “I think we made a good decision and stand behind the decision that we made.”
Vice President Babb — one of the two members who voted against the decision — said he did not have an issue with McClintick, but that he felt there was one resume that stood out as his favorite.
“I thought there was a better option,” Babb said. “But Tim was not a bad choice.”