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Rachel Lyles Smith vacates position as she steps into mayoral role after March 9 special election.

Oregon City is now accepting applications for appointment to City Commission Position No. 4, which Rachel Lyles Smith vacated after voters elected her on March 9 to step up to become the city's mayor.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 26, for appointment to the remainder of the term left on Lyles Smith's seat, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Oregon City's current four commissioners will conduct interviews of a potential appointee at a special meeting tentatively scheduled for April 29.

During their April 30 meeting, three out of four city commissioners will have to agree on an appointee in order to effect the majority vote. Immediately after a successful vote of three or four commissioners on a candidate, their appointee will be seated in the public office. PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF OC - Rachel Lyles Smith

Just a few days after making the appointment, Oregon City commissioners are scheduled to begin hearings on the city's upcoming two years of budgeting. Elected officials are expecting anyone appointed to the commission to become familiar with the city's budget prior to being considered for the open seat.

"We are asking a lot of these people coming on board," Commission President Rocky Smith said. "It's really important for them to get some sort of draft of our goals."

In November 2022, Smith's and Lyles Smith's two commission positions, as well as this appointed position, will be up for election. All three are expected to file as candidates on the November ballot next year.

Options for applying to the open City Commission seat are available at orcity.org or by calling 503-496-1505.


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