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About Prothman
Prothman specializes in providing national and regional executive recruitment services to large and small cities, counties, special districts, non-profits, and other governmental agencies throughout the United States.  Driven by our passion for local government, Prothman is known and respected for our outstanding customer service, quality candidate pools, and firsthand knowledge of local government.

Our Expertise

Recruitment Knowledge and Experience:
  The Prothman team has conducted over 500 recruitments and interim placements.  We have read and screened over 15,000 resumes, and we have personally interviewed over 6,000 semifinalist candidates.  We know how to read between the lines, filter the fluff, and drill down to the qualities and experiences required to be a good manager.

Firsthand Knowledge of Local Government:
  Every Prothman team member has worked in local government.  Our talented consultants have a cumulative 180 years in local government service, with expertise ranging from organization management, police and fire management, human resources, finance, planning, public works, and elected official public service.

Our Proven Process
Clients and candidates continually tell us that we have the best process and client service in the industry.  The tenure of our placements is among the best in the industry because we understand that "fit" is the most important part of the process; not just fit within your organization but fit within the community as well.

Our Team
Greg Prothman
As President of the Prothman Company, Greg offers a unique combination of 20+ years of experience in various functions of government and 19 years of experience in public sector recruitment. Prior
to forming the Prothman Company, Greg served as a police officer for the University of Washington and the City of Renton.  He left police work after completing his master’s in public administration and spent nine years as city manager for the city of Des Moines, Washington.  A Seattle native, Greg completed his BA at Western Washington University and his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington.  Greg is a volunteer firefighter/EMT at Snoqualmie Fire Department and is a member of SMR (Seattle Mountain Rescue).

Sonja Prothman
As Vice-President, Sonja directs the day-to-day operations of the Prothman Company and assists with recruitments, interim placements, and organizational assessments.  Sonja is a former councilmember for the City of Normandy Park, Washington, and brings to Prothman the "elected official" side of city government - an invaluable perspective for understanding our clients' needs.  A Seattle native, Sonja earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

John Hodgson
John is a senior consultant for Prothman and brings 33 years of municipal service including, most recently, 7 ½ years as City Administrator/Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kent, the sixth largest city in the state of Washington.  Prior to that, he had 26 years in parks and recreation management for the cities of Vancouver, WA, Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, and Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for the City of Kent from 1994-2005.  John served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Kent, president of Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA), president of the Regional Council of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and is founder and current president of the Kent Parks Foundation.  John’s awards for his service include Kent Chamber of Commerce Public Employee of the Year, WRPA Honor Fellow, Kiwanis Distinguished President, and the Kent Lions Club Community Service Award.  John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from the University of Oregon (1980) and completed the Cascade Management Series from the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs (1992).

Steve Worthington
Steve is a senior consultant for Prothman and brings more than 30 years of successful leadership in local government. He is currently in his second four-year term as a council member for the City of University Place, Washington, and is now serving as Mayor Pro Tem, as well.  Prior to retirement, after 6 years as the City Manager for the City of Fife, Washington, Steve served as Community Development Director for six years in Fife and for nine years for the City of Cheney, Washington.  Steve was also an economic development specialist for the Spokane WA Economic Development Council, a member of the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Task Force, and an Economic Development Board Tacoma/Pierce County Trustee.  Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Eastern Washington University.

Matt Winkel
Matt is a senior consultant with Prothman.  His career has included more than 40 years of private and public sector municipal management and planning experience.  Most recently, he served as Bandon City Manager for over 22 years.  Mr. Winkel came to Oregon in 1994 from Williams, Arizona, where he had been employed as both Community Development Director and City Manager.  Prior to that, he had worked as a planning consultant, as well as a city planner for the Northern Arizona Council of Governments and the City of Phenix, Arizona.  After receiving a BA in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, Mr. Winkel served a tour of duty in the United States Army.  At the 2014 League of Oregon Cities annual conference, Matt was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Herman Kehrli Award, which is given to the city employee "who has made exceptional contributions to city government in Oregon, producing lasting benefits for their local community."

Robert Carden

Bob brings more than 37 years of law enforcement experience to the Prothman team, including having been Police Chief for three cities with populations ranging from 20,000 to 125,000.  He retired as Police Chief from the City of Visalia, California, in 2009.  At Visalia, he administered a budget of over $27 million and oversaw a department of over 200 fulltime personnel.  Prior to Visalia, he was Police Chief for the City of Marysville, Washington, for eight years, and was also Chief of Police for the City of Lemoore, California.  Earlier in his career, Bob also served the Tulare County Sheriff's Department and the Wasco Police Department, both in California.  Most recently, Bob has worked through Prothman as interim Police Chief for the City of Battle Ground, Washington.  Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Culver-Stockton College, Missouri, and a Master of Science degree in Management from California State Polytechnic University.

Marcus Kragness
Marcus has over 30 years of fire service experience and has worked with Prothman on various projects since his retirement.  Marcus began his career with the City of Bothell in 1980, progressing through the ranks to Fire Chief.  In 2003, he moved to the Shoreline Fire Department (King County Fire District 4) to become Fire Chief/CEO until his retirement in 2010.  Marcus provides a broad range of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of public safety.  He is well versed in administration, management and operations, with extensive experience as a chief officer in both a municipal setting and a fire district.  As Fire Chief/CEO for the Shoreline Fire Department he gained valuable insight to the unique needs of special purpose districts, with a good understanding of the laws and statutes governing said districts in Washington.  Marcus has been directly involved in the development of strategic plans, has been an active leader in numerous regional initiatives and has expertise in strategic, performance based budgeting.

Bill McDonald
Bill has been associated with the Prothman team for nearly 15 years and brings 42 years of experience in local government in Washington and Oregon.  With nearly 30 years experience as a City Manager/Administrator, his past service includes City Manager, Puyallup, WA, City Administrator, DuPont, WA, City Manager, Snohomish, WA, and City Manager, Clatskanie, OR.  He has also been a County Commissioner for Columbia County, OR, Assistant to the City Manager, Milwaukie, OR, Operational Planner for Clackamas County, OR, and Planner/Analyst for the Columbia Region Association of Governments (now Metro).  Bill has a MPA from Portland State University.  His awards include the 2010 Excellence Award from the Washington City County Management Association.

Barry Gaskins
Barry is responsible for candidate management.  His attention to detail and understanding of timeliness to the customer and candidates is remarkable.  Barry works with the lead consultant in following through with scheduling interviews, arranging candidate travel, managing candidate application packets, and assembly of candidate information to give to the client.  Barry came to Prothman from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he served as a Program Assistant for four years in the US Library Program.  Barry earned his Bachelor's Degree from California State University in Los Angeles.


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