Board offers General Services director interim county administrator job
Vancouver, WA – The Board of County Commissioners agreed Wednesday to offer Mark McCauley, General Services director, the position of interim county administrator.
McCauley would succeed retiring County Administrator Bill Barron on Sept. 11, pending completion of contract negotiations.
The board agreed to select an interim chief administrative officer while 15 freeholders, who will be elected in November, draft a home rule charter for voters to consider. A draft charter could preserve the existing appointed administrator position or propose replacing it with an elected county executive position.
A certified public accountant, McCauley started working for Clark County as Public Works finance manager in 2001, and was promoted to General Services director in 2006. Earlier, he served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.
“Mark is well-respected and qualified to guide Clark County,” Chair Steve Stuart said. “This is a strong organization that will be well-served by Mark’s knowledge and expertise.”
McCauley could retain oversight of information technology and the Medical Examiner’s Office and remain chair of the Fairgrounds Site Management Group. Some of his current responsibilities could be divided among other county management staff.
A Ridgefield resident, McCauley earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting from Washington State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University.
The commissioners noted that a measure of Barron’s exceptional 14-year tenure includes placing McCauley and others in management positions to bolster the county’s foundation for long-term success.
General Services provides a variety of services to county departments, including purchasing, technology, telecommunications, facilities management and risk management.
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