Council welcomes three new members
Sandy City Council gained three new voices Monday, Jan. 4, when recently elected councilors Rich Sheldon, Kathleen Walker and Don Hokanson were sworn in for their first terms.
Sheldon replaces retired Sandy City Councilor John Hamblin, who, after five years in the seat, decided not to run again.
Sheldon has a background in public service as a military police officer in the U.S. Army and a police officer for the city of Lincoln City. He currently works as a sergeant in the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Sheldon also studied criminal justice at the American Military University.
"Thank you to the people that voted for me and supported me all through this election," Sheldon said. "I'm truly honored and humbled to be allowed to represent them in this community here on this council. I also want to stress the importance and ask that (the public) please communicate with me and the rest of the council. Your feedback and your thoughts are critical. You guys are who we represent and I think it's important to keep that in mind. I promise I will. I believe our local government … is the cornerstone of the foundation of what I truly believe is the greatest nation in this world, and it is truly and honor to get to be a part of that."
Kathleen Walker is a consultant in trail design, planning and grant writing and retired from the U.S. Forest Service. She has a bachelor's degree in forest management. Walker has served on the Sandy Design Committee, the Sandy Budget Committee and still serves on the Sandy Parks and Trails Board (1995-present). In the past, she has acted as a volunteer project manager, partnering to do work like the creation of the Tickle Creek Trail, build trails in Sandy River Park and helped acquire the recent grant-funded upgrades to Jonsrud Viewpoint.
"I'd like to thank the city staff, the mayor and the other city councilors for welcoming me onto the city council," Walker said. "I very much look forward to working with you on the council and working with all of our staff, our businesses and our residents. Together we can review and refine our goals and policies and make decisions that will keep Sandy the special place that we call home. We have some challenging issues and some awesome opportunities ahead of us. I'm excited and grateful that our town residents gave me an opportunity to help carry the ball forward and improve Sandy's future."
Hokanson is a business consultant and project manager with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He and his family moved to Sandy 23 years ago. In the past, he has served on the SandyNet advisory committee and the Oregon Trail School District Budget Committee.
"I really appreciate the oath," Hokanson said. "As I read through it, I think it's got some important reminders. It establishes guardrails for our city going all the way back to our charter that's foundational for our democracy on a grand scale and also, it's provided some focus on a local scale. Our city must work within the legal limits imposed by federal and state law. It doesn't mean that we blindly accept unjust laws or rules, but rather that we unitedly work to change those laws or rules using available legal mechanisms. I look forward to working on improving the quality of life for all Sandy city residents."
All three councilors' terms run through Dec. 31, 2024. Mayor Stan Pulliam was also sworn in for his second term, and council voted unanimously for Jeremy Pietzold to remain council president.
Contact your new councilors
• Councilor Rich Sheldon, Position No. 3
• Councilor Kathleen Walker, Position No. 4
• Councilor Don Hokanson, Position No. 6
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