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The writer encourages the Gresham City Council to select Corey Falls as the replacement city manager, citing his professionalism and interest in greater diversity within the city workforce.

Editor's note: The letter was address to the Gresham mayor and City Council.

I am saddened to hear that Corey Falls was not immediately appointed to the permanent position of city manager at Tuesday's City Council meeting. He is the best person for the position.

In all of my contacts with Corey Falls since he came to the city of Gresham, he has been very professional. He contacted the neighborhood presidents soon after being hired to find out our needs.

He is always thoughtful, and listens to all sides of a situation before giving a well thought-out response. In the times I have contacted Falls, he has responded and has always done so in a well thought-out manner.

In the situation in our country right now, we need Corey Falls to lead the city of Gresham in the right direction. With his experience working with the police, and his personal background, he has the experience needed for moving the city of Gresham to great heights in working with all citizens.

I have always been proud to live in the city of Gresham. Gresham has been in the forefront of technology with our wastewater treatment facility. We were the first city to respond to TriMet concerning increased crime at our MAX stops.

Now we need to be the first in addressing the racial needs of our city and region.

Corey Falls has the best qualifications, and we are fortunate to have him as our deputy city manager. Now is the time to promote him to permanent city manager.

There has always been talk to have a more diverse city staff. Now is our opportunity to follow through with your words and follow up with actions. We need full transparency and more diversity in our city.

I admonish you to hire Corey Falls as the permanent city Manager to show the citizens of the City of Gresham that you mean what you say.

Thank you for your service to the city of Gresham.

Catherine Nicewood

Rockwood President

Shalom Rockwood Steering Team

Worship Leader

Lay Pastor


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