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Scott Burge embarks on 7th term as mayor while councilor serves first term as elected official

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia County Clerk Betty Huser administers the oath of office to Scappoose City Councilors Joel Haugen, Brandon Lesowske and Joshua Poling prior to a council meeting Monday, Jan. 7. Monday marked Lesowske's first term on the council.The Scappoose City Council welcomed back two councilors and saw the addition of a fresh face on the dais Monday evening, Jan. 7.

Councilors Josh Poling and Joel Haugen were sworn in for additional terms, while newly elected councilor Brandon Lesowske served his first meeting as an elected official Monday.

Lesowske previously served on the city's budget committee and has a background in community development. He currently helps coordinate waste management and program implementation for Portland State University. He won the seat previously held by Mark Reed in the November election.

Monday's meeting marked the beginning of Poling's second term on the council, and first elected term. Poling was appointed to the council in 2018. He currently manages the St. Helens Market Fresh grocery store. Haugen, a retired educator and geographer, will begin his third stint as a councilor.

County Clerk Betty Huser administered the oath of office to the three councilors, as well as Scott Burge, who was re-elected as mayor of Scappoose for another term in November. Burge has served as mayor of Scappoose since 2007 and has served on the council since 1999.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge is sworn in for another term by County Clerk Betty Huser.

Huser, who has served as the county's clerk since 1989, also won re-election in November and was sworn in the week prior, making her the longest standing elected official in Columbia County.

After opening the first City Council meeting of 2019, councilors also did their own restructuring. Councilor Patrick Kessi was named council president.

The council is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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