Lake Oswego Hires New City Manager

The Lake Oswego City Council has selected Martha Bennett as its new City Manager. Ms. Bennett, most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Metro, will replace City Manager Scott Lazenby who will retire at the end of June 2019. 

“I am thrilled to be coming to the City of Lake Oswego,” said Bennett. “Lake Oswego is a strong community with an exceptional quality of life. I look forward to working with the City Council, the City’s top-notch staff, and the residents and businesses of this special place.”

“After a thorough recruitment process that involved multiple community stakeholders and staff, we have selected Martha to be our new City Manager. I am excited to have her on board,” Mayor Kent Studebaker stated.

Bennett brings over 25 years of solid local government experience. Prior to her position as Chief Operating Officer at Metro, her employment history includes the positions of City Administrator at the City of Ashland, Executive Director at the Columbia River Gorge Commission, and Assistant City Manager at the City of Milwaukie. Her educational achievements includes a Master of Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Willamette University where she majored in history and political science.

Bennett will begin her duties on August 19, 2019. It is expected that City Council will approve her employment contract on July 2, 2019. In the interim, Megan Phelan will serve as City Manager pro tem.


City Manager Position

The City of Lake Oswego operates a council-manager form of government, which vests policy authority in a volunteer city council and administrative authority for day-to-day operations in an appointed, professional City Manager.

The City Manager is the full time Chief Administrative Officer of the City and is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of the City, assuming full management responsibility, leadership, and accountability for all City operations, including direct or indirect supervision of all employees. The City Manager conducts or coordinates, through department heads, departmental strategic planning efforts and other studies of City services to ensure they are provided in the most effective manner. The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council and is accountable for achieving policies, goals, and objectives established by the Council.

The City Manager performs all duties as provided in the Charter and ordinances of the City of Lake Oswego. The City Manager directs the development and implementation of the City’s goals, objectives, policies, and priorities and routinely provides advice and assistance to the Mayor and Council on a wide variety of issues. The City Manager prepares and submits a proposed City budget for the ensuing fiscal year, properly administers the budget as adopted, and keeps the Council advised of the financial condition and needs of the City. The City Manager is also responsible for enforcing and administering all City laws, ordinances, policies, and regulations.