Great reporting on this topic in this article:
In the job posting, it states that a college degree is not required.
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or related field. An advanced degree in public administration or related field is desired but not essential.
The City of Camas is a $100M+/year enterprise, with hundreds of employees and a room full of high level payrolled managers and experts. You can't teach a second grade art class without a Bachelors degree and a teaching certificate at our local elementary school. But the highest paying job in Town, and essentially the CEO of the entire business that is Camas, Washington- doesn't require a college degree?
What other $180K City Administrators in Washington don't have a college degree? Are there any?
What were the education requirements in the job posting 5 years ago when Pete Capell was hired? Or before him after Lloyd Halverson left?
Finally, how could you not want anything but the VERY BEST candidate, in times that we KNOW are going to be among the most difficult that municipalities have faced in decades? It sure doesn't feel like they're looking for a strong, experienced, educated applicant with an independent voice and his/her own proven track record of success. Instead, our consultant-captured City Council appears to find it easier to manage less sophisticated candidates who can better take direction than make direction.