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John Berard, who was on the planning commission, steps in to fill an empty seat on the Aurora Council

The city of Aurora is getting its City Council back to normal since the mayor resigned and the new mayor left a vacant council seat.

Both seats have been replaced, but John Berard left a vacant seat on the planning commission.

After Kris Sallee resigned as mayor in September, the council unanimously elected council member Brian Asher to fill her seat. And just last week, the council unanimously appointed John Berard to the vacant council seat. Now the council is seeking someone to fill Berard's position as a planning commissioner.

Berard moved to Aurora in 2014 and has been actively working for the city ever since. He was appointed to Aurora's Historic Review Board in 2015. In January 2017 he was appointed to the Planning Commission. That seat runs to January 2021.

"One essential aspect of my approach is this: It is important to be a participant in the communities of which you are a part," Berard said.

Born and raised in New Jersey, he worked in public relations in New York, Connecticut, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. He currently consults with business executives in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

"My approach to communications is rooted in the idea that products, services, ideas, companies, institutions and individuals earn endorsements on the strength of who they are, what they deliver and how they affect the way people work and live," he said in a release.

People interested in taking over Berard's seat on the Planning Commission must be a registered voter who has lived in the city for at least six months.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest along with a resume to City Hall no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 16. City Hall is located at 21420 Main Street NE, Aurora, OR 97002. Or they can be emailed to W. Scott Jorgensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

They should attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The commission will make its recommendation to the City Council, which will appoint a new commissioner at the Jan. 14 council meeting.


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