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Sept. 30 is deadline to apply to serve through 2022, following resignation of Jordan Tibbals

The Canby City Council is accepting applications to replace Councilor Jordan Tibbals, who resigned Sept. 1.

Tibbals announced that he and his family would be moving out of state, and in subsequent comments from Mayor Brian Hodson and Councilor Shawn Varwig encouraging Tibbals not to start rooting for the Cowboys, it's apparent Tibbals and family are headed for Texas.

"Being a father with young children and trying to find a balance between building a career to provide and the best place to raise our children is difficult," Tibbals said. "The decision my wife and I have come to does not come easy, but we know God has given us peace that it is the right one."

PMG SCREENSHOT - The Canby City Council is seeking someone to replace Jordan Tibbals, who resigned Sept. 1.

Tibbals was one of three conservative members of the politically split six-person council. All council members and the mayor wished Tibbals and his family well, with the three more liberal members (Greg Parker, Sarah Spoon and Chris Bangs) echoing a similar refrain: that even though they disagreed, they appreciated Tibbals as a member of the decision-making body.

"You and I couldn't come from more different political positions," Councilor Greg Parker said, "but I've always found you to be a gentleman and kind and gentle and soft with your words."

In Tibbals' departing words to the community, he suggested the concerns surrounding the pandemic and vaccination "being forced by the state" are "unsettling." He suggested everyone should have a healthy skepticism of government overreach.

"Our founders knew this, and they created our constitution to protect us from tyrannical government," Tibbals said. "They knew nothing was more dangerous and a greater threat to liberty than big government."

Tibbals also shared what he called the "good news," which is that people were not created for this world.

"God created you in his own image. He loves you and wants to be the center of your life. He knows your faults, your sins, your heartbreak and your triumphs, and he loves you despite all of it," Tibbals said. John 3:16 tells us, 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' He sent his only son to live as a man, born of a virgin, and he lived a perfect, sinless life in order to show us the way God had intended for us to live. His son died on the cross for our sins in our place and was resurrected from the grave three days later. He conquered death to show us we can experience life in eternity with him should we choose to repent and follow Jesus.

"That is the gospel. That is the good news. And that is my final word as Canby city councilor."

Now, the council is seeking someone to fill the vacant position through Dec. 31, 2022. The appointee must run in the 2022 general election and win in order to continue serving past that date.

The council is accepting applications, available online at, through 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Applications should be returned to the city of Canby, attention city recorder, at P.O. Box 930, Canby.

The city recorder will forward the applications to the mayor and councilors on Oct. 1 and interviews will be held the evening of Oct. 6. In the event that the council receives many applications, they may establish an earlier start time that evening to accommodate.

The new councilor will be sworn in at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

For further information about the application process, contact the city recorder at 503-266-0733.

Kristen Wohlers
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