Mayor Cook announces move from city, won't seek re-election
Tigard Mayor John L. Cook has announced he will not seek re-election after finishing his current term, which expires Dec. 31. Cook made the announcement in a news release sent out Monday evening.
Cook said the reason is that he and his wife have purchased their "dream home" outside the city limits and plan to move there in January 2019, making him ineligible to seek another term.
Cook has been mayor since 2012.
"Being mayor of Tigard has been one of the best experiences of my life — the absolute best is my beautiful wife Terri and my family," he said in the release.
Cook works as a self-employed CPA and financial advisor.
During his tenure, Cook listed among his accomplishments:
• Ballot measures approved by Tigard voters regarding light rail and urban renewal.
• Advocating for economic development in the city and successfully lobbying for more than $5 million in federal, state and regional funding for projects designed to bring jobs and improved economic conditions to the city.
• Securing state and federal grants for projects, including Economic Development Agency and Oregon Lottery funds for Hunziker industrial development; EPA Brownfields funds for Downtown Tigard; and Connect Oregon VI funds for the Tigard Street Heritage Trail.
• Finishing the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership construction to secure Tigard's 35-year water supply as well as pushing for unincorporated island annexations and moving through Downtown Tigard urban renewal projects.
In addition, Cook, who serves as president of the Oregon Mayors Association, said he will remain a supporter and mentor for Tigard's youth, business community and elected officials.