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Oro Valley names four finalists for town manager position

May 4, 2017

Oro Valley Town Council has named four finalists for the town manager position. Council has been working with CPS-HR Consulting to recruit qualified candidates and narrow down the field from 61 applicants. The Town of Oro Valley began the process of recruiting a town manager in June 2016, following the departure of former Town Manager Greg Caton. Council did not select a candidate from the initial recruitment effort, so on February 22, 2017, the position was re-posted. Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel G. Sharp has been serving as interim town manager during this process.

The four finalists will interview with Council and executive staff next week, May 11-12, 2017. Their names, current positions and educational backgrounds are provided below.

Mary Jacobs, assistant city manager, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Ms. Jacobs has served more than 17 years in her current position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona.

Bruce Messelt, county administrator, Chisago County, Minnesota
Mr. Messelt has served more than five years in his current position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, history and international relations from Concordia University, and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota.

John Murphy, city manager, Hobbs, New Mexico
Mr. Murphy has served more than four years in his current position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from King’s College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Marywood University.

Dave Ross, county administrator, Rock Island County, Illinois
Mr. Ross has been serving in his current position for two years. Prior to that, he was village administrator for the Village of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, for more than three years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, an executive master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University, and a doctorate of business administration from Northcentral University.
 

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