Molalla needs a new mayor
Jimmy Thompson formally resigned as Molalla's mayor on Feb.7 and the Molalla City Council has opened applications for a new mayor.
Thompson held the position for two years after spending eight years as a council member. He will be missed, said city council members. He resigned for personal reasons.
"Jimmy has been a very good mayor to work with, a good mayor for Molalla," said Dan Huff, city manager. "He'll be missed. I think that the city [under him] has made some great strides forward. We addressed the half-million dollar deficit in the general fund. Made some progress on needed infrastructure improvements. Got ahead of the wastewater issue," he added.
"I have to thank Jimmy Thompson for all his hard work," said Keith Swigart. "If not for him, we'd still be paying fines to DEQ."
Thompson also worked hard for about a year to get ODOT to install some kind of method to slow traffic at Highway 211 at Hezzie Lane after a car accident with a middle school student. ODOT told him several months ago that they would deliver and install a blinking light and stripes to make the intersection safer. The blinking light has arrived. It will take about two weeks to install, but the cross-walk swiping needs dry weather, which could be a problem right now, Huff said.
Thompson noted his experience had its good and bad moments. "I think the city has made some great strides forward," Thompson said of his tenure. "We addressed the $500,000 deficit in the general fund, made some progress on needed infrastructure improvements, got ahead of the wastewater issue. "The city has a good, competent staff in place and we have a good city council," Thompson added. "I feel like I did some good for the city. It's been a rewarding experience."
He also made himself available to volunteer for various activities for the city, from the July 4 parade to Celebrate Molalla.
"I feel like I did some good for the city, it's been a rewarding experience."
Huff worked with Council President Elizabeth Klein at the meeting to open up the position. Those interested should fill out the Citizen Appointment Application.
-Must be a qualified elector (voter) under state law,
-Must reside within the City Limits for at least 12 months prior to appointment,
-No person may be appointed for more than one city office,
-Neither the mayor nor a councilor may be employed by the city,
-Must complete a background check (form available on the website).
The Molalla City Council is the final judge on qualifications and the term will be valid through Dec. 31, 2020.