Columbia City hosts public event to honor longtime outgoing mayor as she retires

YoungAfter 36 years of public service in Columbia City, Cheryl Young will be stepping down from her role, and the city of Columbia City is hosting a reception next week in her honor.

Young, 71, of Columbia City, has been continually re-elected to serve as the mayor of Columbia City for decades up until this year, and will be stepping down from her publicly elected role with 32 years under her belt as mayor and four as a City Council member.

In 1982, Young served a term on the City Council of Columbia City when she won a write-in election bid. After that experience, she then ran for mayor and was first elected to the role in 1986.

In August, Kevin Toon of the Oregon Mayors Association said Young's tenure was the third-longest he and the OMA were aware of. Wayde Byers of Gladstone served for 35 years and Clayton Wood of Millersburg served for 40 years as mayors.

Earlier this year, Young's mayoral position came up for re-election, but in August, Young did not meet the state's election filing deadline to run again. Young announced at the time that she would be stepping down from her role as an elected leader, primarily citing the need to focus on her health.

The reception in honor of Young will be held Monday, Dec. 31, at Columbia City Community Hall at 2 p.m. An invitation for the event notes that a special guest presentation will be given and light refreshments will be served. Members of the public are invited to attend the event to celebrate Young.

Casey Wheeler, executive director for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank, will take office in January as the new mayor of Columbia City.

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