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Oregon Mayors Association recognizes Newberg leader with its hightest honor

Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews recently received the Mayors Leadership Award from the Oregon Mayors Association.

"I was at the (association's) annual conference," Andrews said. "They have an awards banquet and they read the nominating information and it wasn't until they were about three-quarters in that I realized it was myself. I was really surprised."GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Newberg mayor Bob Andrews.

The accolade quickly drew praise from his cohorts in city government.

"It is the highest thing that the mayors in this state can award a mayor," Newberg City Manager Joe Hannan said. "When you go down the list for what he was recognized for, it is pretty impressive."

Among Andrews' accomplishments as mayor is participation on the boards of six nonprofit agencies, shepherding a faith-based emergency preparedness program at churches in Newberg to prepare for the Cascadia earthquake and volunteering on a variety of city programs.

Andrews was involved in planning for the Newberg-Dundee bypass for more than 20 years, assembled the Mayor's Cabinet and was a board member of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments and the Oregon Mayor's Association. He participated in negotiations to annex the city into the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue district and helped stabilize the city during a number of crisis, including the abrupt resignations of two city managers, lawsuits and other challenges the city faced.

Andrews was one of three mayors to receive the award from the OMA this year. The others were Tigard Mayor John Cook and Rogue River Mayor Pam VanArsdale.

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