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Less than two years in, Jerry Gabrielatos announces departure from city of West Linn

PMG FILE PHOTO - Jerry Gabrielatos stepped into the city manager role in September 2020. West Linn City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos announced at a City Council meeting Monday, June 6, his intent to leave the city when his contract expires later this summer.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve as city manager, but I will be moving on as well. My last day on my contract is August 31," Gabrielatos said. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you. It has been a tremendous experience and I'm very appreciative of it. I'm also grateful to have worked with a top-notch staff."

Members of council thanked Gabrielatos for his service over the past year and a half, noting the challenging circumstances he's dealt with since starting at the city in September 2020 like the pandemic, historic wildfires and an ice storm.

"It has been very difficult for you and for all of us. I'm really grateful for your leadership and how you've carried us through this difficult time and set the stage for us to move forward," Mayor Jules Walters said.

Council President Rory Bialostosky noted that it can't have been easy to have started in the middle of a pandemic with heavy wildfire smoke blanketing the region.

"From day one you have operated with us and with me with grace and humility," City Councilor Todd Jones said. "I'm grateful to have cut my teeth as a public official with you."

Before he leaves at the end of August, Gabrielatos said he wants the city to continue work on a "review and recommend" police accountability entity and help with other staff transitions, including the departure of IT Director Shane Boyle.

The City Council will discuss the transition and replacement of Gabrielatos at a coming meeting.

Gabrielatos came to West Linn from Albert Lea, Minnesota after a months-long nationwide search following the ousting of former City Manager Eileen Stein.

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