Keith Stahley selected as Salem’s next city manager

The city announced Monday that the Salem City Council selected Keith Stahley to serve as Salem’s next city manager (Submitted photo) A longtime city government administrator in Olympia, Washington will be Salem’s next city manager. City councilors selected Keith Stahley to be the city’s next top administrator, announcing the selection[Read More…]

Salem can cover costs for now, but gaps are coming

Salem is nearing a “budget cliff” where the cost of providing residents with basic services like firefighting and building inspections is outpacing the city’s ability to collect taxes and other revenue.  That’s according to Josh Eggleston, the city’s chief financial officer, and Kristin Retherford, interim city manager, who are presenting[Read More…]

City swats down rumors, says water safe to drink

Salem city officials on Friday afternoon declared as “false” social media reports circulating through the community that water supplies were tainted and unsafe, but the assurances weren’t persuasive to some. The city confirmed testing showed small amounts of cyanotoxins – – commonly known as blue-green algae – were detected in[Read More…]

After summer of algal blooms, Salem enters spring with a plan, investments

Treatment ponds at Geren Island which ultimately becomes drinking water for Salem residents. Water reaching this point will have already been treated with powdered-activated carbon. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Following Salem’s brush with cyanotoxins, Devin Doring said everyone at the city of Salem faced the question: How can they stop this[Read More…]