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The former Charbonneau director cites wanting to travel as a reason for her departure

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - Susie StevensWhen Wilsonville Councilor Susie Stevens' husband unexpectedly passed away late into her first term on Wilsonville City Council, she decided to maintain as much normalcy in her life as possible.

But as time went on, she realized she wanted to make some changes — including finding time for travel. So she retired as executive director of Charbonneau Country Club last year. And on May 30, she sent a letter to councilors informing them of her decision to resign — ending her over six-year tenure as one of five elected representatives of Wilsonville.

With less responsibilities to attend to, she plans to travel to France in July and might visit her friend in New Zealand this fall.

"I did some traveling this winter and missed several council meetings and that really bothered me but I also wanted to travel," Stevens said. "When I got back here I started thinking, 'What are my priorities?' I love being on council. It's been a fantastic experience. Part of my life is to serve others and volunteer but it just seemed like I wanted to travel while I'm still young and healthy —I'm going to have time to do it now."

Stevens — whose term is up in 2020 — will attend her final council meeting June 17. The council, meanwhile, will plans to discuss specifics regarding her replacement at the June 3 meeting and will ultimately decide who that person will be.

Stevens has been an advocate for Wilsonville parks and the Wilsonville Public Library, was well versed in issues affecting Charbonneau and is excited to watch how the Coffee Creek Industrial Area develops from afar.

"It's a commitment, not one that I ever didn't enjoy," Stevens said about serving on council. "I always enjoyed it, did the work and showed up to the meetings. I took it seriously."

Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp expressed appreciation for Stevens in a press release.

"Her always thoughtful consideration of the many challenges Council deals with has consistently led to more well-informed dialog and to better outcomes for our city and our citizens. She always has had a ready smile and cordial approach no matter the issue. She will be missed," he said.

Stevens is confident that the council will perform effectively without her and said she wouldn't rule out running again at some point.

"I wish the council well. I wish the staff well. I'm going to stay living here. I have no intention of moving. I can't imagine any place more wonderful than this place," Stevens said. "I do love it here but it's time for me to see the world a little bit. I wish the council all the best. They're going to do a fine job. They always do."


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