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December 27, 2012

Princeton gets new manager

PRINCETON — After considering applicants from West Virginia and across the country, the Princeton City Council announced Wednesday that a new city manager had been selected.

The city council met Wednesday in special session to consider the final choice for a city manager. Mayor Patricia Wilson announced that Elke Doom of Michigan had been chosen for the post. Plans call for Doom to come to Princeton today to sign her contract with the city.

Doom, who was a city manager in Michigan, was one of three finalists for the position, Wilson said.

 A search for a new city manager began when former City Manager Wayne Shumate announced his plans to retire by the end of September. Human Resources Manager Wanda Donahue has been serving has interim city manager.

“We like her (Doom’s) qualifications, of course, Wanda’s time was going to be up the first of the year,” Wilson stated. “She just seemed to have everything we were looking for.”

Wilson said the new city manager should be able to work with the city’s employees.

“We were looking for somebody who could move forward, was progressive thinking, and would fit in well with the city employees we already have,” she said.

The city has projects underway such as preparing a new city hall, putting up new welcome signs, and seeking ways to mitigate flooding problems on Stafford Drive.

“We felt in our interviews that she was on board with all these things,” she said.

Doom will begin her new job on Jan. 14, 2013.

“We interviewed several different individuals and this one stood out best of all,” said Vice Mayor Marshall Lytton. “She also had an opportunity to go other places with much more pay, but she was impressed with the Princeton area.”

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