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News Release
Vancouver City Council concludes highly favorable city manager performance review - 09/23/21

Vancouver, Washington—Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes has received a successful performance evaluation for 2020-2021, with the Vancouver City Council noting his excellent performance during the review period. 

“Eric’s consistent and innovative leadership this past year has served Vancouver exceptionally well,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “During a very uncertain time in our history, Eric has minimized disruptions in our services, assured our financial health, attracted new high caliber leaders to the city, while ensuring continued progress on an ambitious set of priorities set by the city council.” 

The evaluation included a “360-degree” survey completed by 34 individuals who work with Holmes both inside the city organization and across community partner agencies. Holmes was ranked in the 90th percentile overall by those who work with him across three areas of focus: Council and policy, community and city organization.  City council relied on this survey, a progress update prepared by Holmes on council priorities, as well as their own experience over the past year in making the performance assessment.

In the review, council highlighted Holmes’ key strengths, including: 

  • Decisive and steady leadership through the unprecedented impact and early recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, assuring operational and financial resilience of the city organization
  • Maintaining strong and effective communication with council that supports clarity in policy direction 
  • Engaging the community to assure transparency and accountability in changes in the Vancouver Police Department, including establishing a police camera program
  • Establishing and pursuing a pipeline of transformative community projects, including The Heights District, the Operations Center replacement and a community arts facility
  • Advancing the city’s diversity, equity and inclusion objectives, as well as the city’s climate action efforts
  • Taking an agile response to homelessness, transitioning the former Navigation Center to an alternative use, and developing a supportive campsite pilot program
  • Enhancing city leadership capacity by attracting highly experienced leaders to his executive team who add depth and opportunities for succession planning
  • Guiding record-setting population growth that added nearly 5,000 new residents to Vancouver, as well as significant new commercial and industrial development

In addition, Holmes was recognized by his peer city managers in the state this year when he was presented with the Washington City/County Management Association’s Excellence Award for City Management, which recognizes an outstanding manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs. 

Holmes’ performance review also identifies areas for continued focus in the year ahead. These focus areas—aligned with council priorities—include enhancing employee development and organizational effectiveness, supporting a positive and productive corporate culture in the face of change, and working with the council and community to deliver a new strategic plan to guide the city forward over the next several years. 

In recognition of his performance, city council will consider an addendum to Holmes’ employment agreement on Sept. 27.

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