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By Noel Nash
The Chronicle Publisher 

Leading – without excuses


January 30, 2020

Erin Tierney/The Chronicle

Michelle Amberg, Creswell city manager.

Publisher's note: This is the first in an occasional series of articles profiling women leaders.

In an era where accountability and self-awareness often are lacking, spending any time around Michelle Amberg is a refreshing alternative. No excuses. No finger-pointing. No blame. It's full responsibility, all-out ownership, all the time.

"If you can't carry the freight," she said matter-of-factly while sitting in her first-floor City Hall office several weeks ago, "don't pick it up."

Amberg, who became Creswell's city administrator in 2014 and is now its city manager, inherited a mess when...

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