Lisa Morgan has been serving as the Prineville City Recorder since 2008

by: JASON CHANEY - Lisa Morgan has been named the Region 6 Director for the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders.

As the Prineville City Recorder, Lisa Morgan is responsible for a variety of tasks.

She not only assists the city manager, she has to understand Oregon ethics rules, election law, public records regulations, and the Prineville city code and apply that knowledge to develop council agendas, record city council actions, conduct city elections, and more.

“A city recorder basically has to wear whatever hat is needed on the day you show up for work,” she said. “I think I have one of the best jobs ever. Every day is different.”

For the next two years, Morgan will take on even more responsibility that extends beyond the City of Prineville. She was recently installed as the Region 6 Director for the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR). The region includes 14 cities within Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes, Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco counties.

“It is an honor to represent all of the cities within the counties that are in Region 6,” she said.

Morgan has been a member of the OAMR since 2008, the same year she joined the City of Prineville staff. Since 2011, she has served on several OAMR committees including the legislative committee, which she currently chairs.

“It is interesting to me,” she said of the legislative work, “and it ties in nicely with a couple of my other functions (with the City of Prineville). I have to keep the city manager involved on legislative issues that potentially affect cities.”

Prineville City Manager Steve Forrester believes that Morgan’s election to the director position demonstrates the quality of staff within the city.

“We have all learned together and developed as a team, and we are getting recognized as a pragmatic, progressive group of managers here at the city,” he said. “I think that Lisa’s appointment is a reflection of that type of work we are doing at the city.”

Forrester added that it is important for city staff to participate in organizations like OAMR to not only share what they have learned with other municipalities, but learn new things that will help the City of Prineville function better.

“It enhances what I am able to contribute to the city as far as keeping involved with anything that is going on in Salem that could have a negative or positive effect on cities statewide,” Morgan said. “I’d like to maintain this position as long as possible.”

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