The Canby City Council for 2017 is sworn in and ready to get to work

Canby Municipal Court Judge Rodney Grafe swore in Canby City Councilors Traci Hensley, Tim Dale and Sarah Spoon during a short ceremony at the city council meeting on January 4.

Hensley and Dale begin what essentially is their third, four-year term, and Spoon begins serving after being elected to public office for the first time. DANIEL PEARSON - Municipal Court Judge Rodney Grafe (left) swears in Canby City Councilors (from left) Traci Hensley, Tim Dale and Sarah Spoon. Each councilor begins serving a four-year term that ends Dec. 31, 2020.

Mayor Brian Hodson also was sworn in for another two-year term, his third, after running unopposed.

Councilor Clint Coleman began the office seated behind the dais, and stepped down during the meeting. Coleman made an emotional statement after providing his liaison report prior to leaving his seat.

"I'm excited about what we have accomplished together; I'm excited about what's on the horizon; and I've enjoyed working with all of you," he said, and received a round of applause from the public audience.

Hodson later stood with Coleman near the public testimony desk, presented him with a plaque, and said a few words about the latter's time in office.

"I can't say thank you enough," Hodson said. "You have been a tremendous member of this council. This is not the end of your service. I know that we'll see you (active on) some of the (municipal) committees and boards as well."

Hodson made committee appointments — each city councilor is assigned liaison to one of the city's 13 boards and committees — toward the end of the meeting. DANIEL PEARSON - Mayor Brian Hodson (left) presents outgoing city councilor Clint Coleman with a plaque commemorating his years of service on the council.

Councilor Tyler Smith will be the council liaison to the Audit and Financial Oversight Committee, the Planning Commission, the Canby Fire District board and the SE Neighborhood Association.

Dale stays on as city council president and his liaison assignments are the Budget Committee, the Canby Utility Board, and the Audit and Financial Oversight Committee.

Hodson took Audit and Financial Oversight and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Hensley will remain on the Traffic Safety Committee, and will report back to the council as liaison to the Canby Adult Center and the Riverside Neighborhood Association.

Councilor Tracie Heidt will continue in her role as council liaison to the Canby Public Library board, the Public Transit Advisory Committee, the Canby School District, and will take on the Independence Day Celebration committee.

Councilor Greg Parker will remain as liaison to the Bike and Pedestrian Committee, Canby Main Street and the Historic Review Board.

And Spoon was appointed to the Independence Day Celebration committee, the SW Neighborhood Association and the CTV5 board.

Incidentally, there are several positions open for citizen involvement on city of Canby boards and committees — there are two openings on the Bike and Pedestrian Committee (one term expires on June 30, 2017, the other on June 30, 2019), two on the Municipal Audit and Financial Oversight Committee (terms expire Dec. 31, 2018), and one each on the City Budget Committee and Urban Renewal Budget Committee (terms ending June 30, 2019 and Jun 30, 2018, respectively), according to the city's website.

For more information about applying to be appointed to a municipal board or committee visit the city's website to download and fill out an application at

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