HUDSON: A woman with 25 years of experience in city management will bring that expertise to Hudson.

City Council said Friday it is moving forward with the appointment of Jane Howington, currently the city manager for Newport, R.I.

As Newport’s city manager, Howington “collaborated on the development of regional partnerships, applied varied approaches to communications, implemented successful technology initiatives and used trending, analysis and systems mapping methodologies as an approach to managing a high-performing organization,” the city of Hudson said in a news release announcing the move.

Howington was selected from a pool of 70 applicants produced in a nationwide search that the firm Novak Consulting Group helped to perform. Novak was paid $21,800.

From that group, the field was narrowed to 11, then to the five finalists who interviewed with Hudson officials.

“Selecting the next top administrator for the city is probably the most difficult decision any council must make,” Council President Hal DeSaussure said in a statement. “Jane is a confident, dedicated leader, who is highly accountable and well-respected in the communities she has served.

“We are undertaking several key initiatives, such as the review of our Comprehensive Plan and development of a Downtown Phase II Redevelopment Plan, and we believe Jane’s extensive city management experience and vision for managing municipal services will bring a fresh perspective to our operations and move our community forward.”

Howington has served as city manager for Kalispell, Mont.,; assistant city manager for Dayton; and city manager for Oxford, Ohio, among other roles.

Assistant City Manager Scott Schroyer had been serving as Hudson’s interim city manager since the departure of Anthony Bales in November.

Bales, who had been city manager since 2006, left the job with little explanation from himself or the city.