Vale City Hall (Enterprise/File)

VALE – Vale City Manager Katy Lamb will retire at the end of February after serving two years in the position. 

Lamb made the announcement at a recent City Council meeting, saying she decided to retire at the same time as her husband. The city is advertising for her replacement.

Lamb is a native of Elko, Nevada, and she came to Vale after marrying Scott Lamb. They have been married for 40 years. 

Lamb and her husband raised a family of five, and she worked for Nichols Accounting Groups before becoming the city’s bookkeeper beginning in 2014. 

Lamb’s appointment in 2018 made her the third city manager in six months. 

Her predecessor, Lynn Findley retired in January 2018 and the city hired Alan Daniels to take over.  

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Daniels then resigned under pressure weeks later and Lamb became interim city manager. In May 2018, she was appointed city manager after a unanimous vote of the city council. 

While Lamb said that her job as the bookkeeper was a lot like her job as city manager, there is a distinct difference between the two jobs, she told the Enterprise last March. 

“There is a whole lot more paperwork (as city manager) and a lot more political stuff, and you have to keep all of the grants in line and watch for them,” she said. 

During her time as city manager, Lamb has pursued projects including a new water system, and the Safe Route to Schools program – a grant providing safe walking routes for schoolchildren – among others. 

News tip? Contact reporter Joe Siess: [email protected] or 541-473-3377.

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