SUTHERLIN — Jerry Gillham went through a lot to get here.
The 56-year-old Stockton, Calif., native has balanced a career in civic government with National Guard duty.
He’s been pulled away from civilian jobs to serve two tours in Iraq. He’s managed small towns and forced to be a jack-of-all trades, joining firefighters on calls and police on patrol. At one stop, he was the city administrator while managing a bowling alley. He’s had to overcome serious health problems that sidelined him for a time from both careers.
Gillham was selected in April from 45 applicants to take over a position that has been open since Robb Corbett exited to become city manager of Pendleton late last year.
Gillham started last week, and he’s been a whirlwind of energy ever since, City Council President Patricia Klassen said.
Just two years ago, Gillham was unsure if he’d get the opportunity to manage a city again.
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