Molalla Seeks New City Manager

Molalla City Manager Ellen Barnes out after year on the job

by Rachel Stark, Oregonian

MOLALLA — Ellen Barnes will leave after a year as Molalla city manager under a “mutual agreement” approved Tuesday night at a special session of the Molalla City Council.

Barnes will remain in City Hall for 30 days or until the city chooses an interim city manager, for which they will begin searching immediately. She will receive severance pay totaling $21,000 over the next three months, unless she accepts a job within that time period.

The decision came after a 75-minute executive session, in which the council, city attorney and Barnes discussed private details of the agreement.

About ten residents attended the public meeting afterward, which began 45 minutes late and lasted a few minutes. Councilor Jim Needham, a candidate for mayor, dissented in the 5-1 council vote.

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