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Darren Caniparoli comes from Sherwood, while Tiffany Kirkpatrick fills city's new community services position

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GLADSTONE - Tiffany Kirkpatrick and her daughter, Parker, 9, celebrate Kirkpatrick's new role as Gladstone community services manager.Gladstone's new Public Works Director Darren Caniparoli was appointed this month along with Tiffany Kirkpatrick as the city's new community services manager, which was previously titled Senior Center manager.

Kirkpatrick was offered the position of community services manager after she excelled in the interview process, according to City Administrator Jacque Betz.

2020 and 2021 were challenging years for the Gladstone Senior Center, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance with Gov. Kate Brown's executive orders, all Oregon senior centers were closed, and Gladstone reopened its center for limited services this summer.

Gladstone eliminated the position of Senior Center manager in April, so Kirkpatrick is filling a newly created position to "provide unique programs and activities designed to attract a diverse and multifaceted community-wide audience in Gladstone," Betz said.

Oregon's former statewide director of senior services for Volunteers of America, Kirkpatrick has master's degrees from Marylhurst University and Portland State University in aging/gerontology and public administration, and a bachelor's degree from Georgia's Valdosta State University in public relations/marketing.

From 2006-16, she co-founded the Preserve Coalition, Oregon's first community group to serve older African Americans with education on brain health and lifestyle enrichment activities to increase awareness of aging issues.

Since 2017, Kirkpatrick has been self-employed as a global textile fashion designer for TV series, costume designers, artists and musicians. From 2012-16, she served as the Alzheimer's research coordinator for Oregon Health & Science University.

"Tiffany has a genuine disposition and will do incredibly well in the Gladstone community," Betz said.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GLADSTONE - Gladstone's new Public Works Director Darren Caniparoli previously served the city of Sherwood for over two decades.The City Council unanimously confirmed Kirkpatrick's appointment at its Oct. 12 meeting, along with the naming of a permanent public works director.

Caniparoli was named Gladstone's acting public works director in April. He has been with the city since last fall after coming from the city of Sherwood, where he was employed for more than 20 years as an operation supervisor and lead maintenance worker.

"Darren has done an outstanding job in his short tenure here and is going to do great things as the Public Works director," Betz said. "He has a strong background in asset management, street operations, park management, and fleet and facility supervision. Additionally, Darren played an integral role in the city's emergency operation's center during the recent ice storm event. His experience and leadership is appreciated."

A graduate of Milwaukie High School, Caniparoli went on to take courses and receive various certifications from the American Public Works Institute and Northwest Resource Management School in Port Townsend, Washington.

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