Wilsonville resident previously served in similar role for Oregon Health Authority

The city of Wilsonville announced Friday that it has hired Wilsonville resident Jon Gail to serve as its new community relations coordinator.

Gail has more than 20 years of experience in community development, marketing communications and public outreach. He most recently served as communications and policy analyst for Oregon Housing and Community Services, where he developed and implemented statewide outreach and education plans to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

“Jon brings a diverse perspective and wide range of marketing communications and public relations experience to the position,” Wilsonville City Manager Bryan Cosgrove said. “He has worked extensively for both state and city governments in Oregon, as well as in the private sector.”

Cosgrove noted that competition for the position was intense — more than 150 individuals submitted applications. A number, Cosgrove said, were nearly as highly qualified as Gail. Nonetheless, Gail was the unanimous selection of the hiring committee, and as community relations coordinator will help citizens and stakeholders remain informed and engaged in the city’s policies, programs and decisions.

Gail lives in Wilsonville with his family. He previously worked as outreach manager for the Oregon Health Authority. In that role he worked to increase awareness and utilization of the state’s Healthy Kids insurance program.

Gail also worked six years for the city of Portland’s Housing Bureau and Portland Development Commission. In addition, he also has prior experience as a sales manager with US Bank Home Mortgage, single-family finance section manager for Oregon Housing and Community Services and housing program manager for Oregon Housing and Associated Services.

He received bachelor’s degrees in urban studies and planning and political science from the University of California, San Diego, and holds a project management certificate from Portland State University.

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