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Welcome to OCCMA from President Steve Powers.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as Oregon City/County Management Association president in 2021. I am honored to be following past presidents who have worked with OCCMA boards and members to place Oregon among the most ethical, vital International City/County Management Association (ICMA) chapters in the country. Their work has ensured our association remains helpful, valuable, and relevant to Oregon local government management and managers, regardless of ICMA status.
For those who have volunteered for OCCMA committees, thank you! For those who have not, please consider spending some time making OCCMA and professional local government better. OCCMA’s committee work to support managers, to provide professional development, and to strengthen our diversity, equity, and inclusion all could use your assistance.
Our senior advisors continue to rock, and we are fortunate to have a robust program with retired managers who have been through it all. Please reach out to your senior advisor if you have any questions or challenges, or just to say thanks. If you have suggestions for improvements, or haven’t heard from your advisor, please contact Gervais City Manager Susie Marston, our Incoming OCCMA President.
In October, we’ll be welcoming our colleagues from around the world when the OCCMA hosts the 2021 ICMA Conference. ICMA will be deciding in January whether the conference will be virtual, in person, or a combination of virtual and in person. Given the worldwide status of the pandemic and vaccines, and the Multnomah County risk category, my Magic 8 Ball says virtual is most likely.
In June, the bylaws of the LOC were modified to have the LOC Nominating Committee consider the OCCMA’s recommendations regarding city manager, city administrator, assistant manager, or assistant administrator candidates for the LOC Board of Directors. The amendment will help ensure the LOC continues to have professional city management voices at the board table. In 2021, St. Helens City Administrator John Walsh joins Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson and Hermiston City Manager Byron Smith on the LOC Board of Directors.
Congratulations to Christy Wurster on her appointment as the LOC’s Operations and Member Engagement Director. Silverton’s loss is the LOC’s gain, as Christy will be a strong voice at the LOC for city management.
2020 was an indescribable year. A pandemic, wildfires, and demonstrations were all on top of the daily nuts and bolts of delivering services. I tell my city of Salem colleagues that during these challenging times, with each day bringing a new dispute or problem, I have been reassured by the steady, responsive, and equitable service that we provide to our community.
I take away the same confidence and assurance when I talk with my Oregon colleagues. While staying focused on our communities, we offer help to other cities and counties. Marion County Administrator Jan Fritz shared with me that three retired managers have offered their assistance to the Santiam Canyon communities. I know there are many other examples of OCCMA members helping each other.
Our commitment to professional, ethical, and effective local government is a rock among the whirlpool of local, state, and national issues. Thank you.
Cheers to a Better 2021!