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Also on tap at the Jan. 12 meeting was the selection of a new council president and filling a commission seat.

Eric Vermillion was sworn into a vacant Molalla City Council seat on Jan. 12, the panel's first meeting of 2022.

"It's the first of the year, which means we start changing things up with Council," Mayor Scott Keyser said.

Vermillion filled the void left by former councilor Steve Deller last year. After two rounds of interviews, Vermillion was appointed to serve in this position at a Dec. 22 council meeting.

With Vermillion's appointment to the council, there are two vacant seats on the budget committee that need filling. Applications for those seats will soon be available on the city website and Facebook page.

COURTESY PHOTO: EMILY MATLOCK - New Molalla City Councilor Eric Vermillion (right) gets sworn in during the Jan. 12 council meeting.At the beginning of the new calendar year, Molalla city code requires that council elect a new president.

"First, I want to say thank you all for entrusting the presidency to me for two years," said former Council President Leota Childress. Childress nominated councilor Jody Newland to be the next president, and councilors voted unanimously in favor of Newland as city council president.

The city council also had the opportunity to change liaison positions for the upcoming year. Newland nominated Vermillion to be council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce, to which he was appointed. Councilor Crystal Robles will remain as liaison to the library. Robles and Newland will also remain the Parks Community Program Committee liaisons.

Councilor Terry Shankle and Newland will stay on as police facility CPC liaisons. Councilor Elizabeth Klein and Childress were appointed to the beautification and culture CPC liaison positions.

The mayor will remain as council liaison to the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee (C4). This committee is comprised of representatives from across the county to provide cooperation between jurisdictions. Vermillion was appointed to alternate liaison for this position.

Last October, the council interviewed two applicants to fill a seat on the Planning Commission. Councilors tied on the vote between applicants Michael Carr and Clint Ancell. The council decided to table the decision until the vacant seat on City Council was filled.

Carr had since requested to be removed from consideration and Ancell was appointed to the Planning Commission.


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