He and his wife will move to North Bend near Coos Bay where she will pastor a church

PMG PHOTO: ARCHIVE - Councilor Bartt Brick announced his resignation from the Madras City Council at their Sept. 28 meeting. He and his wife, Katherine, are moving to North Bend near Coos Bay where she will pastor a church.

Madras City Councilor Bartt Brick announced his resignation at the council's Sept. 28 meeting.

Brick's wife, Katherine, pastor at the Madras Great Shepherd Lutheran and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, has accepted a call to serve a church in North Bend near Coos Bay.

"And we're moving," said Brick. "It's sad and wonderful all at the same time."

Brick says the synod asked his wife to serve at the North Bend church for a year to 18 months, after which the couple will move to Portland.

His resignation will be official effective Nov. 5. His term was set to expire December 2022.

To fill his seat, the city will advertise for the position and screen applicants for eligibility. The council will hold interviews and vote for a replacement.

"The timeline depends on several things," says City Recorder Lysa Vattimo, "including when applications are received, how the interviews go, and the council's meeting schedule."

Gabriel Soliz filled the last open seat. His predecessor Austin Throop resigned in Jan. 29. The council interviewed five candidates and elected Soliz to the position on July 27.

Brick said he's impressed with the council. "In a time of increasing division, we can get things done. We can disagree and come to good conclusions."

He's also impressed with city staff. "The people that put their heart and soul into their community, it's just an honor and a privilege to work with you all."

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