Wheeler’s New City Manager Gets Started

New City Manager

Wheeler’s new city manager can’t wait to settle in

By Dave Fisher dfisher@northcoastcitizen.com

WHEELER – It’ll be a busy time this summer for Jeff Aprati, Wheeler’s soon-to-be new city manager, who receives his master’s degree June 15 and starts his new job June 18.

The Wheeler City Council gave the green light to hire Aprati in mid- April after a three-panel interview process involving the city council, a citizens’ group, and the city managers of Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler. The position drew the attention of 55 applicants, with the League of Oregon Cities conducting background screenings and selecting the finalists, four of whom made the trip to Wheeler in April.

“I first learned about through a professor at Portland State,” said Aprati. “He had heard about the opening through the grapevine and was the same professor who suggested to Randy Ealy (a previous PSU student and subsequent city manager for Wheeler) that he apply for the job 10 years ago.”

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