Last week Mayor Dan Holladay honored Jackie Hammonds-Williams, longtime executive director of the year-round Oregon City Farmers Market, as Citizen of the Year.
As this newspaper reported in January, "Market leader to retire in spring," Hammonds-Williams has helped local businesses grow to brick-and-mortar enterprises. She also encouraged healthy habits among children by starting the Power of Produce program to national acclaim.
Holladay recognized Karen Blaha, Ken Baysinger and Dennis Anderson as Citizens of the Year for creating the Robert Libke Boot Bronzing Project ("Bronze His Boots campaign celebrates success," September 2019 news article). The grassroots effort raised over $2,000 to help bronze the boots of fallen officer Robert Libke, which will be displayed at the new public-safety facility being built in Oregon City.
Holladay finished off the Feb. 25 State of the City event by honoring John Collins, the general manager of South Fork Water Board, with the Mayor's Honor Award. Holladay cited Collins' quick work on a potentially catastrophic water line failure last year and efforts to protect South Fork's senior water rights on the Clackamas River.
Finally, two Oregon City employees — Ryan Bredehoeft, business analyst in the Oregon City Finance Department, and Chris Dunlop, GIS coordinator in the Information Technology Department — were recognized for their service to the community and efforts to create efficiencies.
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