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Aquilla Hurd-Ravich, who headed Tualatin planning department, leaves after 13 years

COURTESY PHOTO - Aquilla Hurd-RavichThe recent departure of Aquilla Hurd-Ravich, the city's longtime community development director, has meant a shifting of positions in Tualatin city staff.

Hurd-Ravich, who had been with the city on since 2007, first as a senior planner, and later overseeing the entire planning department, left on Oct. 16.

"As some of you can relate, Aquilla and her family carefully considered their options when it came to school and caring for her two school-aged children," City Manager Sherilyn Lombos wrote to staff. "Ultimately, her family made the decision that she would focus on them during this extraordinary time."

With Hurd-Ravich's departure, Lombos has promoted Kim McMillan, the city's engineer, to the community development director position. Steve Koper, a city planner, has been moved to the position of assistant community development director, with responsibilities for all aspect of the city's planning division.

Just before she left, Tualatin City Council meeting, city staff, the mayor and council members all paid tribute to Hurd-Ravich and all the work she's done for the city over the years.

"Whether as a department member or (directly reporting to me), Aquilla has always impressed me as a smart, thoughtful, diplomatic, curious, hardworking, flexible team player," said Lombos. "She always does what needs to be done, even if it's hard. She's got a lot of grit."

Mayor Frank Bubenik said Hurd-Ravich taught him a lot and paid tribute to her for helping plan the Basalt Creek area, noting that when things got contentious between Wilsonville and Tualatin, she showed that grit in bringing both sides together.

"As many of you know, Aquilla is very well-respected and very well-liked here in the community," said Bubenik. "I'm very sad that we're losing you because you're a key member of our team but I totally understand why you are doing it and hopefully we'll see you again, maybe when COVID is over, and there's a position, we can welcome you back."

Councilor Paul Morrison called Hurd-Ravich a "shining star," describing her as patient and polite even when explaining a planning issue to someone for the 100th time.

"It's what makes it a joy to work with you," she said.

Hurd-Ravich said she appreciated the support of Lombos and her staff over the years.

"I feel very good that I'm leaving you in very good hands — not just in community development, that's what I can contribute, but the rest of the city as well," she said. "I can't say enough about my team."

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