Rob Dixon, one of the city's top officials, retires after 11 years at city hall

DixonRob Dixon, Hillsboro's assistant city manager, retired this week after 11 years with the city.

Dixon, who announced his plans to retire in February, oversaw the city's public works, water, building and planning departments during a time of unprecedented city growth.

Dixon came to the city in 2007 after serving three years as the community development director in Sherwood. Dixon also served as public works director and engineer in Cornelius from 1994 to 2004.

"Rob has provided thoughtful, quality leadership of the city's community development departments," said City Manager Michael Brown. "His passionate advocacy of our city — especially with regard to transportation, land, and water — resulted in many successful projects and collaborations with private- and public-sector partners."

The city is expected to become Portland's largest suburb in the next several years, but it wasn't always that way. Dixon came to Hillsboro at the start of The Great Recession, when cities across the state were laying off staff in an attempt to tighten their belts.

"That was a challenging time, indeed," Dixon said. "I'm proud that we were able to weather the storm without staff layoffs. We relied on attrition for staff reductions, and we repositioned ourselves to be prepared for the economy's upturn."

The city bounced back. Intel — the state's largest employer at the time — announced it would expand its Hillsboro facilities, and Kaiser Permanente opened its Westside Medical Center in Tanasbourne.

 Dixon has overseen several major construction projects in the city, including the largest capital construction project in city history with Tualatin Valley Water District to construct a new water pipeline from Wilsonville to Hillsboro. Dixon has also overseen construction of South Hillsboro — the massive housing development along Cornelius Pass Road and Tualatin Valley Highway. As the state's largest ever planned neighborhood, South Hillsboro is expected to be home to 20,000 people over the next two decades.

The city will begin hiring a new assistant city manager in the coming weeks, city officials say.

Dixon's departure is the first time the city has been without two assistant city managers in nearly two years.

Robby Hammond, the city's assistant city manager of community services, oversees the city's police, fire, library and parks departments.

Before Hammond was hired in 2016, the city went without one for two years after Steve Greagor resigned following a police investigation that Greagor knowingly had contact with an underage teen on a dating website. No charges were filed in that case.

"The past 11 years have been both challenging and rewarding, but mostly, it's been my immense privilege to serve the Hillsboro community and contribute to Hillsboro's success," Dixon said. "I am and always will remain honored to have worked with such a highly talented group of people who understand the Hillsboro Way. They are committed to protecting public safety while presenting building solutions that expedite economic development opportunities and create jobs."

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