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Troutdale leader praised for cooperative council, promoting development throughout city

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM STATION SHOPPING CENTER - Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan, middle, will not seek reelection after his current term concludes at the end of this year. The mayor of Troutdale has decided not to seek reelection at the end of his current term.

Casey Ryan announced Monday, May 11, he will step away from his role at the helm.

"I have enjoyed my time as mayor and I believe we have accomplished what I set out to achieve," he wrote in a statement. "My goal was to bring civility and leadership to the council — and that is what was accomplished."

Ryan is a native Oregonian and a resident of Troutdale since 2006. The father of four has coached youth sports, served on boards and committees and has been a volunteer. He serves as the senior vice president at Riverview Community Bank, and was first voted as mayor in 2016 despite not having any prior elected experience.

Before his term as mayor, Ryan helped craft fundraising measures to support vulnerable families across East Multnomah County; most notably, a food fundraiser that eventually morphed into SnowCap Community Charities annual Fill-A-Bag fundraiser.

Ryan serves as a senior vice president and regional manager at the Gresham branch of Riverview Community Bank. As mayor, he has served as an advocate for nonprofit organizations and businesses. He has served on the Mt. Hood Community College Education Foundation, East Metro Economic Alliance, Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation, SnowCap Community Charities, West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, Portland/Metro East Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club of Gresham, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, My Father's House Family Shelter and Multnomah County Business Advisory Board.

Ryan delivered the opening remarks after Amazon.com selected Troutdale as the location for its new distribution warehouse in Troutdale — a project that brought almost 1,500 jobs into the community at a 74-acre lot north of the Troutdale Airport.

He also brought a $2.2 million retrofit to the Troutdale wastewater treatment plant, providing higher energy efficiency and savings for customers.

As mayor, he led the charge in hiring a new city manager, brought in more events and activities geared toward youth, and completed several development projects in the downtown corridor.

"The Troutdale Council is a great group of service minded individuals that serve the city well," Ryan wrote. "My hope is that the next mayor and council will continue forward with the positive culture that has been established."

Councilors declare candidacy

Two city councilors have announced their intent to run for the soon-to-be vacant top seat in Troutdale.

David Ripma and Randy Lauer will both vie for the position in the upcoming fall election. Others still have plenty of time to throw their hats into the race as well.

Both candidates said they had no desire to run against Ryan, praising the work he has done helming the city. But once the announcement was made, both Ripma and Lauer chose to make their bids.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE - David RipmaRipma is a patent lawyer and longtime Troutdale resident who has served as an elected official for more than two decades. He moved to the city in 1989, and was first elected to council in 1993. He took a two year break from public service after a failed bid at mayor in 2008, before serving from 2010 on.

"I plan to carry on the same openness and cooperation (Ryan) embodied as a public servant," Ripma said.

Ripma served on the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board, Troutdale Planning Commission, Troutdale Parks Advisory Committee, Downtown Troutdale Task Force, Troutdale Historical Society and Metro Policy Advisory Committee. He also co-chaired the Troutdale 100-year Celebration Committee.

He said his focus as mayor would be on the Urban Renewal Area and the largest redevelopment site in the Town Center. The URA contains a 3.5-acre public park and trail along the Sandy River, and cleanup efforts have been ongoing for more than a year to ready the location for development.

"It is a marvelous site and I am optimistic on what it can become," Ripma said.

The mayoral candidate also spoke about the importance of reopening businesses shuttered by the COVID-19 crisis.

"I love Troutdale, it's the greatest city," Ripma said. "There are wonderful parks, green spaces and dedicated residents.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE - Randy LauerLauer is a lifelong East Multnomah County resident currently in his first term as a Troutdale councilor after successfully claiming his seat in 2017 with 4 votes over the incumbent.

He graduated from Gresham High School and attended Mt. Hood Community College for one year before working fulltime for 13 years as a state certified drinking water utility worker for Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village.

"The decision to run wasn't something me and my family made lightly," he said. "Mayor Ryan has been a true role model and friend during his time leading the city. I want to take my turn with that unique challenge."

Alongside his wife he opened 3-46 GRIT CrossFit gym in Gresham, and is gearing up to open a coffee shop in Wood Village. He has also dedicated thousands of volunteer hours with local nonprofit organizations.

Lauer wants to continue to bring the council together and maintain the high integrity between members by being transparent and open. Like Ripma, he points to the URA project as being key in the coming months.

"I would like to lead our city into developing that into something everyone can be proud of as an attraction that draws people to our community," Lauer said.

He also wants to find a better solution for a Troutdale Town Hall after voters denied a bond measure to restore the historic building.

"Troutdale is a quiet community, full of neighbors and people who live and thrive working together," he said. "We know our shop owners by name."


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