Silverton City Offices will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Offices will open normal business hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
To provide exceptional public service that ensures safety, maintains infrastructure, preserves our unique heritage, and protects natural resources while proactively pursuing emerging opportunities to enhance our quality of life.
Greetings and Happy New Year! My name is Christy S. Wurster. As you may know, the Mayor and the City Council recently selected me to serve as your City Manager. I would like to publicly thank them for their confidence in me for this position. I am both humbled and excited to begin work for the city on January 17, 2017.I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you and share a few details about my background and experience. I have worked in both the private sector and the public sector. I started my professional career working in a law firm for approximately eight years as a Legal Assistant/Office Manager. I have worked in local government for approximately 20 years, in small organizations, mid-sized organizations as well as a very large city. I began my public career working in my home town of Dallas, Oregon where I held increasingly responsible positions over 13 years. While working for the City of Dallas, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree from Corban University and my Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University. My final position in Dallas was as the Assistant Public Works Director for Administration. While in Dallas I worked on park development, managed engineering contracts for water and wastewater improvements, assisted with budget oversight and served as the city’s safety officer, and purchasing manager. This experience, combined with my education, prepared me to become the City Manager of Dayton, Oregon. In Dayton, we completed major park improvements, downtown improvements leading to economic development, and a new community center. From there, I went to work as the Assistant to the City Manager / Franchise Administrator for the City of Salem where I also managed Facilities Services and the contracts for the historic properties including the Historic Deepwood Estate, The Bush House Museum, the Salem Carousel and A.C. Gilbert House Museum. I gained valuable experience working in these various organizations. I have a very diverse background and have found that I prefer working in a smaller community. I have held some interim positions in similar sized communities over the past few years, most recently as the City Manager Pro-Tem for the City of Sweet Home. While in Sweet Home, the city moved forward with purchase of a property for a new City Hall.
One of the things I enjoy most about working in local government is the people. I highly value the contributions that city staff provides to the community and look forward to developing a positive working relationship with them. I am encouraged by their dedication and past success and will seek opportunities to continue their professional development. In addition, I look forward to developing a strong working relationship with the Mayor, City Council, and citizens. Together, we will ensure the ongoing success of Silverton.
I have wanted to live and work in Silverton for several years. I admire its historic charm, scenic beauty, quality of life, and civic engagement. It is a place that I want to call home. My husband and I will relocate to Silverton soon. Our son is serving in the Marine Corps and will visit when he is home on leave.
I look forward to meeting you and becoming a contributing member of the community. Please feel free to stop by City Hall anytime or call with questions or concerns.
Wishing you a healthy, prosperous New Year~
Christy S. Wurster
City Manager, City of Silverton