'You may kiss the mayor'
This year's Oregon Mayors Association ended in an unusual memorandum of understanding between the mayors of Sherwood and Redmond.
A marriage certificate.
Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark said the wedding was a surprise for the rest of the conference attendees. Redmond Mayor George Endicott used his executive powers — he's president of this year's association — to gather everyone at the end of the summer conference in Lebanon. The end-of-session event was ostensibly to cerebrate the 74th wedding anniversary of Endicott's parents. But then Clark emerged in a wedding dress with her children, Alaina, 15, and Declan, 14, to walk down the aisle.
"To hear everyone tell it: Best. Conference. Ever!" Clark told The Gazette.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle of Beaverton served as best man, while state Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose was maid of honor. The officiant was Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk — who'd first introduced the spouses-to-be.
Two years ago, the association's summer conference took place in Cottage Grove. Clark was a first-time mayor, meeting all the others. Her husband, Del, had died in September 2010. Houk introduced her to Endicott, whose wife had died in November 2014. Shortly after, they began dating.
As officiant of the ceremony, Houk ended with: "You may kiss the mayor."