Camas sets special meeting to discuss consultant agreement

City Council will meet Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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A special meeting has been set for the Camas City Council to consider a consultant services contract.

On Friday, at 4:30 p.m., the group will meet at City Hall to consider a management consulting services agreement with Vancouver-based financial consultant Paul Lewis. The action is related to the announcement on Tuesday that current City Administrator Nina Regor has taken a medical leave of absence for an “indefinite” amount of time.

According to Mayor Scott Higgins, as part of the contract Lewis will assist the city with duties that will include bringing the consolidation of the Camas-Washougal fire departments to a conclusion, working on the 2014 budget, and being available to department heads, if needed.

Over the years, the city has contracted with Lewis on several projects, most recently the fire department consolidation efforts. He has also worked with other Clark County cities, including serving as Ridgefield’s interim city administrator for several months in 2012.

“He has worked with a lot of different cities,” Higgins said. “He is a finance mind. That is his strength.”

The contract with Camas is expected to last no longer than 90 days, Higgins said.

According to a statement from Human Resources Director Jennifer Gorsuch, Regor, who started work as city administrator in January, is on medical leave “for the foreseeable future.”

Regor, born in Clark County, previously worked as the city manager of Cloverdale, Calif.

Gorsuch, who has worked for the city since August 2005, has been named the acting city administrator in Regor’s absence. She will handle day-to-day activities and operations for the city.