Ridgefield council appoints interim city manager

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The Ridgefield City Council appointed a Vancouver financial consultant as its interim city manager Thursday night.

Paul Lewis will begin work Monday and take over city manager duties April 1. Outgoing City Manager Justin Clary’s last day is March 30.

Clary is leaving to work for environmental consulting firm Maul Foster Alongi after nearly eight years with Ridgefield.

Lewis is the sole owner of Financial & Management Consulting in Vancouver. He served as Vancouver’s finance director from 1999 to 2004 and interim assistant city manager for Vancouver from November 2010 to March 2011. He provided support to Vancouver, Camas and Washougal, according to Ridgefield city officials.

There is no immediate timeline for Ridgefield’s search for a full-time city manager. The financial terms of Lewis’ agreement were not immediately known.