Jeffrey Hecksel has been hired as the new Hood River County Administrator. County Commissioners voted Monday to select Hecksel from five finalists for the position. Hecksel served as City Manager of Glenwood Springs, Colorado for eleven years before leaving that post in December. He has an Oregon background, spending six years as City Manager in Monmouth, and working for the city of Forest Grove for 12 years before that. County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says Hecksel seemed to fit the community better than the other candidates, adding he is professional but relaxed. Hecksel is expected to begin his role as Hood River County Administrator on August 15. He takes over for David Meriwether, who formally retired from the position at the end of June but is serving in an interim capacity until Hecksel takes over.