City of Canyon narrows search for city manager

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CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The City of Canyon has narrowed their search for a city manager to four candidates.

Those candidates are:

  • Christopher Sharp
  • Jacob Ellis
  • Jon Behrens
  • Joseph Price

Below is more on each candidate from the City of Canyon:

Christopher Sharp

Christopher (Chris) Sharp has 18 years of local government experience and is currently the Finance Director for the City of Canyon, where he has served since 2008. He previously served as the Local Government Services Program Coordinator for the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission from 2001-2008.

Chris is a Certified Public Manager. He holds a master’s degree in education from West Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Texas State University.

Jacob Ellis

Jacob Ellis has 16 years of state and local government experience and currently serves as the Deputy Town Manager for the Town of Gilbert, Arizona. He held several positions with Cowichan Valley Regional District in Duncan, B. C. from 2007–2015, including Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, General Manager of Regional Services, Manager of Corporate Planning, and Coordinator of Policy, Research and Special Projects, and was a Legal Researcher for the Municipality of North Cowichan, B. D. in 2006. Jacob was Assistant to the Executive Director for Envision Utah from 2003-2004, and in 2003, served as a Judicial Intern for the Graham County, Arizona, Superior Court, and a Legislative Assistant for the Utah State Legislature.

Jacob holds a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University.

Jon Behrens

Jon Behrens has 25 years of local government and public education experience. He joined the City of Canyon in 2014, and currently serves as the Interim City Manager and Assistant City Manager and previously held the position of Assistant to the City Manager for Special Projects. Prior to joining the City of Canyon, Jon was the Senior-Director of Residential Living for West Texas A&M University from 2000-2014; Department of Housing Director for Texas A&M University-Commerce from 1998-2000; and Residential Living Assistant Director for West Texas A&M University from 1994-1998.

Jon holds a master’s degree in counseling and student services administration from the University of North Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas A&M University-College Station.

Joseph Price

Joseph (Joe) Price has seven years of local government experience and currently serves as the Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning and Development for the City of Borger, Texas. He previously served as the Local Government Services Program Coordinator for the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission in Amarillo, Texas, from 2012-2017.

Joe holds both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in political science from West Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Manager and a Certified Floodplain Manager.

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