The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

City clerk to act as city manager until new hire is ready

Former candidate Elke Doom will become city's top administrator


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Elke Doom interviewed for the position of Valdez city manager in the summer of 2015.

It's out with the old and in with the new for the city's top administrator position.

Sheri Pierce, the longtime city clerk, was appointed acting city manager by the Valdez City Council late last month. Pierce is scheduled to take over for outgoing manager Dennis Ragsdale. Ragsdale resigned his position in early December after less than one year on the job.

Elke Doom, a woman who was a finalist in the 2015 city manager search along with Ragsdale, will take over as city manager in early February.

Pierce is expected to fill the position until early February when Doom is slated to take over city administration.

The Valdez City Council held an executive session Dec. 23 and later voted 5-0 to hire Doom.

Council members Lea Cockerham and Ryan McCune were not present at the meeting.

"Under negotiated contract terms, Doom will begin her tenure as Valdez city manager no later than February 6, 2017," the city said in a press release. "Doom currently serves as city manager for the City of Oxford, North Carolina and was one of four finalists during the 2015 Valdez city manager recruitment process."

Doom was city manager of Princeton, North Carolina before she took the same position in Oxford.

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City Clerk Sheri Pierce wears many hats in Valdez. She can now add acting city manager to that long list of duties.

news accounts in the Princeton Times from Dec of 2015 said: While in Princeton, Doom has been an integral supporter of downtown revitalization efforts, including but not limited to the relocation of New River Technical and Community College into the city-owned Mercer Street building that once housed First Community Bank, the restoration efforts of the Renaissance Theater and the never-ending work of the Blueprint Communities initiative Princeton Renaissance Project.

The newspaper also reported that Doom's relationship with the town's council was sometimes rocky.

Doom was hired as the city manager of Oxford last April.

Her online profile says as city manager of Oxford she is: Responsible for a $20.8 million dollar annual budget with 96 full time employees. The City of Oxford is a full service community, which includes full-time Police, Fire, Engineering, Planning, Department of Public Works, Code Enforcement and Building departments.

Oxford has a population of 8,700 and is the county seat of Granville County.


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