New City Manager Enjoys Working with People

New Sutherlin City Manager Jerry Gillham adjusts to his surroundings Tuesday at City Hall. Gillham was chosen from 45 applicants for the job left vacant by Robb Corbett, who left to become city manager of Pendleton late last year.

New Sutherlin city manager enjoys working with people

Ryan Imondi
The News-Review

SUTHERLIN — Jerry Gillham went through a lot to get here.

The 56-year-old Stockton, Calif., native has balanced a career in civic government with National Guard duty.

He’s been pulled away from civilian jobs to serve two tours in Iraq. He’s managed small towns and forced to be a jack-of-all trades, joining firefighters on calls and police on patrol. At one stop, he was the city administrator while managing a bowling alley. He’s had to overcome serious health problems that sidelined him for a time from both careers.

Gillham was selected in April from 45 applicants to take over a position that has been open since Robb Corbett exited to become city manager of Pendleton late last year.

Gillham started last week, and he’s been a whirlwind of energy ever since, City Council President Patricia Klassen said.

Just two years ago, Gillham was unsure if he’d get the opportunity to manage a city again.

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