Noyes named new city council member
Dean Noyes called it an honor to fill Jack Seley's seat on the Prineville City Council.
"Having served with him and knowing him as I did, I embrace the process and understand what's expected," Noyes said.
The Prineville City Council appointed Noyes as city councilor during a special council meeting Tuesday, filling the position Seley left Aug. 31. Seley resigned after 10 years with the council, citing ongoing health issues that he felt would hamper his ability to adequately carry out the duties of the council seat.
Noyes served as city councilor for two consecutive terms from 2006 to 2014. He will serve through Dec. 31, 2018.
Six candidates applied for the position, including Noyes, Amy Tandy, Janet Hutchinson, Trish Denney, Amy Petijohn and James Hallman.
Mayor Betty Roppe and Councilor Jeff Papke had chosen Hutchinson as their top candidate.
"I think it would be good to have another person with fresh ideas," Papke said. "I think Janet would be a refreshing candidate for the position."
However, Councilor Steve Uffelman nominated Noyes for the position, and the majority voted in favor of Noyes, who was sworn in before the regular council meeting.
Councilor Gail Merritt noted Noyes' city council experience when she said, "I think Dean can start running with this."
Noyes moved to Prineville in 2000, nearly 18 years ago, and is the human resources and safety director at SMAF Western Heavy Haul in Prineville.
He said when Seley's position first became open, the timing was not right for him to apply. After the council received only one application, they extended the application deadline, and he was ready.
"Both in my personal life and my professional life, the timing on the second request worked out better than when the opening first arose," Noyes said.
During his eight years on the council, he was appointed to several committees.
"One of the most important positions I felt I ever had was on the finance committee, working with that piece of city operations, and it's going to be a real pleasure to be back involved with that," Noyes said. "We've got some good projects on the horizon that having traction with regard to city staff and the process and everything that's going on will be beneficial."
He noted that the complexity of city finance is being well managed by the city manager and the city finance manager.
"It is a great opportunity to be able to support their initiatives and to work with them on seeing these resolutions move forward because we were strong back then and we're stronger now," he said. "It's really exciting for me to see what the potential is in the future."
He pointed to key regional partnerships, including the investments Facebook and Apple have made with the city as well as a partnership with ODOT.
"Those are key strategic alliances that I think are going to be key to our success in the future," Noyes said.
He also takes great pride in the city's efforts to invest in its staff and provide staff development.
"It's great to see that organic growth and education," he said of city employees.
City councilors do not receive wages for their service. It is strictly a volunteer position, and the council does not receive stipends.
But, Noyes is ready and willing to fill Seley's vacant seat.
"I knew Jack when he first came on the council, and I worked with him for years, and I was really sad to see that he had to step down because he definitely had a passion for the position," Noyes said. "It's an honor to be appointed to his chair, and I'm looking forward to completing his term."