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The elected regional government will conduct a national search for a replacement that is expected to take several months.

CONTRIBUTED - Martha BennettMetro Chief Operating Officer Martha Bennett has announced her resignation after eight years at the elected regional government.

Metro President Lynn Peterson informed the staff of the resignation in an April 26 email. Bennett's last day will be May 10.

"Anyone who has worked with her knows she's passionate about Metro's vision and has accomplished a great deal while she's been COO," said Peterson.

Peterson is appointing current Deputy COO Andrew Scott to serve as the interim chief operating officer. A national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement. That process is expected to take several months.

In her email, Peterson credited Bennett's leadership for numerous Metro accomplishments, including passage of the 2018 affordable housing bond, the ongoing construction of the Convention Center Hotel, and construction of Elephant Lands, Condors of the Columbia, and the Education Center at the Oregon Zoo.

Bennett had was named a finalist for the job of Clackamas County administrator last December, but was not hired.

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