The City will welcome a new City Manager, Scott Lazenby, on August 5. What would you like him to know about the community?
In the Council-Manager form of government, the city manager is a highly trained professional that is appointed by the City Council to serve as the city’s chief administrative officer. The manager is responsible for coordinating the work of all city departments and programs; preparing the budget; hiring and supervising city staff; advising the City Council on legislation, finances, services, and capital improvements; and carrying out the Council’s policies.
Mr. Lazenby brings over 30 years of city management experience to the City of Lake Oswego. This experience includes larger cities (Vancouver, WA and Glendale, AZ), and most recently, the city of Sandy, OR – a city that has been on the cutting edge of innovative service provision and collaborative government.
As City Manager for the city of Sandy, Mr. Lazenby was responsible for administration of city operations, staff, and managing the budget. He has extensive experience in management of large public improvement projects including construction of a sewer lagoon in Vancouver and expansion of a 400 million gallon-per-day sewage treatment plant in Arizona. In addition, in Sandy, he has overseen major upgrades to a water treatment plant, construction of a new sewage treatment plant, police station and field operations center, and a complete remake and expansion of the library. He has also been active in regional issues including urban and rural reserve issues, regional trail planning, green space, transit coordination, economic development, and transportation planning and has extensive experience working with state legislators on intergovernmental issues and lobbying.
Prior to his 21 years as City Manager of Sandy, Mr. Lazenby served as Assistant to the City Manager for the city of Vancouver, WA, and then Management and Budget Director for the city of Glendale, AZ. His educational achievements include a B.A. in Physics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Reed College in Portland; an M.S. in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA; and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University.
Mr. Lazenby will be joining the city on August 5. What would you like him to know about the community?