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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.

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.

Gary Milliman
Recognized by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) with the highly prestigious Career Excellence Award, Gary brings more than 45 years of experience in city management and public affairs to the Prothman team. Gary has served as a City Manager in cities with populations ranging from 2,800 to 105,000 in California and Oregon, with 35-450 employees.  In South Gate, California, he was principally responsible for rebuilding that city’s organization, financial stability and reputation following a period of political corruption and mismanagement.  Gary has served as City Manager in Cotati, Fort Bragg and Bell Gardens, California, and in Brookings, Oregon, as well as serving as Southern California Director for the League of California Cities. He has also been recognized by ICMA with the Management Innovation Award and as a Life Member.  Gary recently received the prestigious Herman Kehrli Award for his outstanding public service career from the League of Oregon Cities.  Having completed an undergraduate degree in journalism, Gary earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University.  A Senior Fellow at Portland State University (PSU), Gary serves on the PSU Department of Public Administration Advisory Committee and serves on the City/County Management Fellowship Board of Directors at the University of Southern California.

Tony Piasecki
Tony brings over 34 years of city management experience to the Prothman team.  He served the City of Des Moines, Washington for 20 years, fifteen as City Manager and five as Assistant City Manager.  Tony guided Des Moines through the 2000 and 2008 recessions and worked to bring industrial development to the City via several agreements with the Port of Seattle to develop 89 acres of Port-owned land in the City.  Prior to coming to the Pacific Northwest, Tony served the City of Phoenix, Arizona for eleven years in the City Manager's Office and the Water Services Department.  He began his career at the City of Austin, Texas as an Administrative Assistant.  In addition, Tony has served as Interim City Manager for the City of Burien, Washington, and Interim City Administrator for the City of Gig Harbor, Washington.   Tony received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin

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.

Mark Risen
Mark began his fire service career in 1979 and with the City of Bellevue Fire Department in 1983. As he progressed through the ranks, he served as Chief of Training while a Battalion Chief. As a Deputy Chief he supervised the Bureau of Support Services overseeing training, facility and fleet operations. He was then assigned to the Bureau of Operations supervising the Emergency Medical Division and all suppression personnel. In 2013 he was loaned to the Woodinville Fire District for a 6-month assignment as Interim Fire Chief gaining valuable insight into fire district operations. Upon his return to Bellevue, he assumed the role as Interim Fire Chief 2014 and was ultimately appointed Fire Chief in 2015. A very active career with both operational and staff assignments has given him valuable insight into the fire service and operating both large and small organizations. Mark has an associate degree in Fire Command and Administration and has attended the National Fire Academy.

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."

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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