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Oregon City's Doug Neeley: Elect mayoral candidate with proven experience of being respectful

Doug NeeleyDamon Mabee is a candidate for the mayor of Oregon City.

I have served with Damon Mabee on the City Commission and on the Oregon City's and South Fork Water District's budget committees. He studied in detail all issues that require decisions on his part. Before rendering decisions, he would respectfully listen to the opinions of all other members of those bodies and to members of the public and treated them respect. He also did so during the time he sat on the Planning Commission.

Damon will restore order to the City Commission. For nearly a quarter of a century, the City Commission's procedures were supposed to follow Robert's Rules of Orders. Over the last six years this has frequently not been the case. While the recalled Mayor Dan Holladay was in large part responsible for this failure, several members have also failed to do behave in an appropriate fashion. A department head was chastised by one of the City Commission members at a commission meeting, commission members have verbally attacked other members and there have been cases where citizens were treated rudely at commission meetings. Issues are supposed to be discussed without resorting to derision. Further, commission requests are to be directed through the city manager, not to staff. The city manager is responsible to and takes direction from the City Commission, and the city staff work under the direction of the city manager. Damon will ensure that the conduct of the commission comports to rules of conduct, raising a "point of order" or consulting with the city attorney when a commissioner's conduct is or appears to be inappropriate.

It is time for the City Commission to act as a respectful governing body, and I encourage the registered voters of Oregon City to vote for Damon Mabee for mayor to guarantee that such will be the case.

Doug Neeley is a former Oregon City commissioner and mayor.

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