Council unanimously appointed Tosterud 6-0 at Wednesday night meeting

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: CARI HACHMANN - After being sworn in, new Councilor Ted Tosterud takes Ken Quinby's old seat.The Fairview City Council unanimously appointed a seventh councilor Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the city’s regular council meeting.

Ted Tosterud, a retired businessman in medical sales with no previous ties to the council, was sworn in at the end of the meeting.

Following last week’s special meeting, where the council interviewed eight candidates for the open position but failed to appoint anyone, the public expressed disappointment in the council being unable to make a decision, as did a number of councilors.

Councilor Tami Arnold said, “With all due respect, you’re right, we do have an obligation to make a decision. I was disappointed. We can do better.”

After talking amongst themselves, the council opted to reconsider appointing someone Wednesday evening.

“It is my firm desire we appoint someone tonight,” said Mayor Mike Weatherby.

Other councilors, on both sides of the alliances that in last week’s votes split the council 3-3, also appeared hopeful the position would be filled.

“I do feel there is an energy up here, and I am very hopeful that before we leave tonight we can have a seventh council member in place tonight,” said Councilor Steve Owen.

Councilor Dan Kreamier said, “I am looking forward to getting a seventh councilor and getting committee appointments filled.”

The mayor said no question was there a number of very qualified candidates, “I think everybody was qualified,” he said. It appears the council agreed to disagree on appointing Tosterud.

“Quite honestly, he was not my first choice and not my second choice,” Council President Lisa Barton Mullins said. “I think there were some very, very more qualified people, and I am sorry we couldn’t get them seated. I think also it is very important to put somebody in this seat, and it’s going to make this year much easier for us. Ted has a really good business background, and I think he will be very independent. And I appreciate that and support him.”

Councilor Arnold said her first pick didn’t make it to nomination last week. She expressed her frustration: “I think everybody who is part of this process did deserve to have the honor of having their name read, or dishonor I guess, of being voted on.”

Councilor Kreamier said a couple of things.

“I really like Mr. Tosterud. He has a lot of business experience, and from listening to him speak, he is a very well-spoken, articulate individual who will bring a wealth of knowledge to our City Council.”

Kreamier also said, looking at the demographics of the council now, there are three people who reside in Fairview Village. “I think it’s very important to keep that diverse group here, so we are not just representing Fairview Village or Old Town, but we are representing all of Fairview.”

Councilor Steve Prom said, “I think the reality was, it was just going to be the same thing if they got nominated. Some of those who did get nominated were very polarizing.”

Prom said Tosterud, whom he just recently met, would be the most neutral. “I think he will be a very good, neutral, individual thinker, and I think he will be very good for the council, not a polarizing person one way or another.”

“I agree completely,” the mayor said.

The council voted in Tosterud 6-0.

The new guy

Tosterud has lived in Fairview for 11 years. He was director of operations for Quest Diagnostics Inc., a $7.5 billion corporation with 43,000 employees that provides clinical laboratory services, and retired last December after 46 years.

Tosterud graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Portland State University in 1970.

He is the previous owner of NW Medical Laboratories and 25th and Lovejoy Pharmacy in Portland.

He has served on the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation Board, and has been a Parkrose Citizen Advisory member as well as treasurer for First United Methodist Church.

Responsible for large clinical testing and staffing budgets with Quest Diagnostics, Tosterud has strong financial and communication skills, he said.

He also is uniquely trained in the Six Sigma, a set of techniques and tools for process improvement, developed by Motorola in 1986 and used today in many industrial sectors.

“I am interested in community volunteer work in areas where I have expertise now that I am retired,” Tosterud wrote in his application. “I am used to managing large amounts of money and have experience with large budgets and staff management.”

Last week during the interview process, Tosterud said he’s always been interested in city government and the state Legislature.

Tosterud said he was asked by the Oregon Democratic committee to run for office when he lived in Parkrose, but at the time did not have time to commit.

“Now, I have the time,” he said.

His goals for Fairview, Tosterud said, were economic growth and development and how they fit into budgeting. Tosterud said he supports public-private partnerships. “You have to sell it, you have to make it work for the developer and the city,” he said.

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