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Mid-Willamette Council of Governments recognizes service of former Newberg mayor

The Mid-Willamette Council of Governments (MWVCOG) recently bestowed upon Bob Andrews its Gwen VanDenBosch Regional Leadership Award for his 16 years of service as city council member and mayor of Newberg and his involvement in regional and intergovernmental initiatives.Andrews

Andrews was recognized for "his support of Oregon Special Olympics, promotion of youth participation in government, and particularly his unflagging efforts to maintain momentum on the Newberg/Dundee bypass project," a release from MWVCOG said.

Andrews was an active member of the MWVCOG board of directors from 2005 to 2018 and on the Mid-Willamette Area Commission on Transportation from 2007 to 2018. He was, according to the release, also active with the region's Mayors Coalition and the Oregon Mayors Association, as well as an active facilitator in building bonds between George Fox University and the region. He was also recognized for spearheading a campaign to construct a Portland Community College campus in Newberg.

The MWVCOG honor is the second notable award meted to Andrews in the past six months. In August, the longtime Newberg hizzoner earned the Mayors Leadership Award from the Oregon Mayors Association. He shared the honor with mayors from Tigard and Rogue River.

Andrews was first elected as mayor in November 2006 after a four-year stint on the Newberg City Council. He was re-elected three times over the ensuing eight years before choosing to retire at the end of his last term in December. He was replaced by Rick Rogers, executive director of Newberg Habitat for Humanity.

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