Messina appointed as new Ridgefield city manager

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The Ridgefield City Council unanimously appointed Phillip M. Messina as city manager Thursday, Sept. 13.

Messina's first day in the job will be Monday, Oct. 22.

Messina has 23 years of city administration experience and has served as the manager of Central Point, Ore. -- a city of 17,000 -- since 2002. He also served as administrator for the Washington cities of North Bend, Burlington, and Colfax.

Messina has a bachelor's degree in speech from the University of Washington and a master's degree in whole systems design from Antioch University.

"We are excited to have someone with Phil's experience join our community as our city manager," Mayor Ron Onslow said in a news release.

Prothman, an executive search firm, was hired to help with the search and hiring process. After reviewing 45 applications, the city council selected five finalists; they participated in a community reception and all-day interviews.

The city council also received feedback from Central Point residents, council members and staff.

Information on Messina's salary was not available late Friday.