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Former Longview City Manager Dave Campbell is one of two finalists for the new Lewis County manager position and will appear at a public meet-and-greet with the other finalist Wednesday night.

The other finalist for the position is Erik Martin, who already is the county’s public works director.

The meet-and-greet will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 23 in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room (Room 223) on the second floor of the courthouse at 351 N.W. North St. in Chehalis.

Campbell stepped down as Longview city manager in January after serving in that post three years. His 12 years of service with the city included nine years as assistant city manager and parks and recreation director.

Campbell stepped down after two consecutive unfavorable evaluations by the Longview City Council and said he resigned in lieu of termination. The evaluations revealed wildly different opinions on Campbell’s performance and differences of opinion about the nature of the city manager’s role.

The county manager will oversee Lewis County’s $109 million budget; manage the departments that report directly to the Lewis County Commissioners; help develop and achieve the commissioners’ goals, vision and strategic public policies; and establish and maintain positive relationships with citizens and businesses throughout Lewis County, according to a count press release.

The Prothman Co., an Issaquah, Wash.-based recruitment agency, conducted the search and helped narrow the pool of applicants to Martin and Campbell.

Lewis County Commissioner Edna J. Fund, who serves as chair of the BOCC, said the informal event will give community members a chance to meet the finalists, ask them questions and then provide written feedback to the commissioners.

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