After more than seven years on the Newberg City Council, Mike Corey is calling it quits.
The 68-year-old retired property manager's last day will be at the council's Oct. 7 meeting.
His reason for leaving the council? He's moved out of Council District 5. In fact, he's moved out of the city altogether.
"I'm required to resign by city charter since I moved to Tualatin," he said. "My wife likes it because it's close to everything and she works in Tualatin."
Corey first began serving on the council in January 2013, completed one four-year term and was well into his second term when he made the announcement. "I'm on my second term, but cannot complete it," he said.
The Air Force veteran said that during his term in office the council accomplished many things important to the community.
"We kept a balanced budget, made many steps toward affordable housing in Newberg and passed a transportation utility fee that has helped improve road conditions," he said, adding that he can't recount any great failures during his more than seven years in office.
The process to replace Corey will begin Oct. 7 when the council next meets. The council will likely appoint an individual to complete Corey's term through December 2020. The position will then be open for election.
His advice for whomever takes his position is simple: "Newberg is a wonderful place to live, work and play. We have great department heads and employees. There are lots of opportunities for growth. There are some good plans for the waterfront area. Be patient, government moves slowly."
Ultimately, the role of the council is fairly straightforward, he said: "We are the governing body to implement the will of the citizens."
To that end, Corey said the council has enjoyed a good relationship with city staff. "Yes, I feel like we have good support and we supported them. We didn't always agree, but the work got done."
That process of governing, however, requires the attention of the citizenry as well, attention that has been lacking for many years in Newberg.
"We make a lot of decisions that affect them," Corey said. "Without their input, we need to make a judgement call for them."
City Recorder Sue Ryan said once the council accepts Corey's resignation, the application period for the position can begin. The city charter requires applicants to live within District 5, be a Newberg resident for one year and be registered to vote.
Council will fill empty spot
The Newberg City Council will be one person less come October as District 5 councilor Mike Corey announced recently that he will soon be moving outside the city.
The council will consider a course of action when it gathers Oct. 7 for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the Newberg Public Library on Hancock Street.
The council could appoint an applicant to fill Corey's position or choose to leave the position open for the next available election cycle.
The application process for the position will open as soon as the council accepts Corey's resignation. Applicants must live within the confines of District 5 (roughly the northeast corner of the city), been a resident of Newberg a minimum of one year and be registered to vote. Applications are available on the city's website at www.newbergoregon.gov/citycouncil/page/serve-city-committee-or-commission.
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