Port Townsend city manager interviews for Longview job today

PORT TOWNSEND — City Manager David Timmons is traveling to Longview today to interview for the top administrative position in the 34,000-population city.

Timmons has applied for the job to replace the retiring city manager in the Southeast Washington city.

The job pays $130,000 annually.

He is uncertain whether he will accept the position if it is offered, Timmons said Wednesday.

“I have no idea what I’ll do,” he said.

“I won’t know until I get there — just like when I came here, I had no idea.

“There are a lot of things to consider.”

Timmons, who is paid about $90,000 a year as Port Townsend city manager, said his decision would depend on many factors, such as whether his personality and family fits in Longview.

“We are not actively looking to leave,” Timmons said, “but the way the profession is going right now, there are lots of opportunity.”

Timmons pointed out that as more aged city managers retire, demand for professionals is increasing.

Mayor’s response

Port Townsend Mayor Catharine Robinson said Wednesday night that it was “premature” to comment on Timmons’ possible departure.

“I don’t want to see him go,” Robinson said.

“I have a very good working relationship with him and I would like to see him stay.”

The Longview City Council is likely to announce its selection for the successor to retiring City Manager Ed Ivey by the weekend.

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