Hodson ready for fourth term as mayor
With a fourth term as Canby's mayor in his pocket, Brian Hodson is looking forward to continuing his work.
Hodson was unopposed in this year's General Election, something he's gotten used to. In four elections, Hodson has only had to beat back the challenge of an opponent once. Hopefully, he said, that's a good sign.
"I'd like to think I'm doing a good job as mayor," he said, "and that the community and city council feel we are headed in a real positive direction and that me being mayor continues to be a positive thing. When the citizens of Canby feel I'm not doing a good job, they'll let me know."
Hodson ventured out to at least one election party Tuesday night, something that he said is not his normal election night habit. Instead, he said, election night usually means staying at home with his wife and watching results on television, while also scanning Clackamas County results on the computer.
This year his wife got involved with a campaign and was at that candidate's election event, freeing the mayor to take in some election night festivities.
"I'll be at Christine Drazan's party at Willamette Country Club, then probably stop by Gwynn's for the Canby Fire District viewing party," Hodson said on election night. "My wife and I will reconvene later and compare notes."
Looking back on his time as mayor, Hodson sees plenty of growth within his role as community leader.
"Whenever you step into a new role, you have some idea of what you're getting into, but then you realize, 'Wow, there's a lot I don't know,'" Hodson said. "That's been the biggest piece for me, being in this role and learning more and more – the nuances for things for our city, my role representing the city to the county and regionally. That's grown a lot in the last couple of years."
And when the final ballots are counted, Hodson will get set to serve his fourth term as mayor of Canby. Within that role, he sees plenty he and the city council will need to tackle – and he's eager for the task.
"Looking ahead over the next couple of years, there's a lot to get done," said Hodson. "We'll have to look ahead to our comprehensive plan for the city. We've had an extraordinary amount of growth these last two years, so what does that mean for us down the road? We'll tackle the parks master plan and implement key pieces as soon as we can; and right now one of our immediate pieces is succession planning."
Hodson said that over the next two years, 12 key players in Canby city government will likely retire. That's a lot of institutional knowledge about to walk out the door during a key time in Canby's development.
"That's going to take a lot of work on our part to find great people to fill those positions and help lead Canby down the road," said Hodson.
Stepping into a fourth term, Hodson reflected on what those "eye-opening" developments within the mayor's job have been. He cited the enormous time commitment it takes, as well as how outside developments can effect Canby.
"The job can really be as much or as little as the mayor, or city councilor, want to make it," he said. "I've had to learn to balance family, work, and the time commitment of being mayor. That's been one of the bigger surprises.
"Another piece that's been eye-opening is that Canby has been this great little farming community outside the Portland-Metro area for so long," said Hodson. "There's so much going on outside of Canby that, if I don't pay attention to it, or we as a city don't pay attention to it, can impact us greatly. That's been a piece I've really had to get involved in."
And come January, when Hodson and the council, which will have one new member, are made official, the task of helping Canby on its way to the future begins again.