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Welcome to OCCMA from President Susie Marston
It is truly an honor to serve as your OCCMA President in 2022. I look forward to continue working with the OCCMA Board for the good of our membership. I come in to 2022 on the heels of many great acts to follow; Steve Powers and Spencer Nebel being the most recent. As you may have heard, Steve will be leaving the Board as he is retiring at the end of February and heading back to Michigan. We wish Steve the very best in retirement and appreciate his dedication and leadership during these challenging times. In accordance with the Bylaws, Spencer has agreed to continue as Immediate Past President and will remain on the Board.
This past year we continued to partner with Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy (NWWLA) to advance women into leadership positions. This year we will also work with Oregon Latinos in Local Government to advance Latino professionals in local government and to also promote cultural awareness for local government employees who serve communities with a significant Latino population. The OCCMA Board recognizes the importance of diversifying our membership and the support of these organizations aligns with our newly adopted Statement of Belonging.
The Board updated our 2022 Work Plan at our annual retreat held in November. In addition to continuing to provide professional development opportunities and support to our membership, we will also strive to promote and expand our membership while fostering diversity and inclusiveness. We also felt it appropriate and important to recognize the value of civility to our core beliefs as we lead and support one another.
OCCMA continues to collaborate with PSU’s Department of Public Administration by supporting their graduate students and providing professional development opportunities to bring them into the profession of city and county administration. This long-standing, collaborative relationship has been a benefit to the students of the program and also to our communities. It’s been a rewarding experience for all to grow and support the profession.
The summer conference is scheduled to be at Eagle Crest in July. We were fortunate enough to meet last summer in person. What are the odds we can do it again this year? We shall see! Whatever form it takes, Scott Derickson and the Professional Development Committee will work hard to develop a valuable program for our members.
A lot of the work that we do is carried out by our subcommittees. For those who volunteer your time on these committees, thank you! For those who are interested, it’s never too late to join and contribute. We appreciate your volunteerism!
I wish you all the best in 2022!