The James C. Richards Memorial Award was presented to Tigard Mayor John Cook during the League of Oregon Cities' 93rd Annual Conference held Friday in Eugene. The award is given to elected city officials who serve the citizens of Oregon through an exceptional personal investment in intergovernmental affairs.
In a news release, the league said that Cook has served the city of Tigard, supported the work of Washington County and the metro region, and worked collaboratively with mayors statewide and nationally "all with distinction, excellence, and the highest of ethics."
Cook is serving his final term as mayor.
It goes on to state that Cook has successfully navigated the many challenging issues facing cities.
"Whether it's sanctuary and immigration, finances, planning, or partnering with other jurisdictions, Mayor Cook builds consensus and partnerships while making sure all voices are heard and all perspectives considered," the release stated.
The league listed Cook's accomplishments to include:
• Serving as co-chair of two regional committees that helped successfully passed a levy for the Washington County Cooperative Library Service, and approval for the city to continue participating in the study of the Southwest Corridor light rail project.
• Membership on Metro's Southwest Corridor Steering Committee, advocating for public transportation and gaining understanding of the project's potential for improving traffic congestion in the region.
• Playing a key role as negotiator and spokesman for Tigard's water infrastructure project with
Lake Oswego in the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership, a state-of-the-art water system that went online in late 2016 and now serves 19,000 customers.
• Hosting a monthly "Fireside Chat" where he sits down with Tigard residents to discuss issues of interest.