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Council set to approve new city manager

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 5th, 2014

Mayor Bill Diak

City council will meet in special session Feb. 7 to approve a tentative contract with their choice for Page city manager, Mayor Bill Diak confirmed today.

Donald Adams, economic development director for the city of Taylorsville, Utah, was chosen from among four finalists who interviewed with council in December 2013.

City Manager Rick Olson announced his resignation in July, effective in November. When council could not find a replacement by then, he was appointed interim city manager.

After failing to find a local candidate that suited the city’s needs, council solicited applicants through the League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association, according to Diak. About 35-40 people submitted applications.

Councilors narrowed the list to five and after one dropped out, they interviewed the final four by phone during an executive session Dec. 2. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

They decided to bring all four to Page for face-to-face interviews a couple of weeks later.

Adams was appointed Taylorsville’s economic development director in September 2011 after serving as an aide to the city’s mayor, handling project management and grant management.

Adams received bachelor of science degrees in urban planning and geography from the University of Utah, and a master’s degree in planning from the University of Southern California.

He also served as economic development director for The Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake City and as planning and economic development director for the city of Riverton, Utah.

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