The City of Wilsonville said goodbye to Councilor Susie Stevens and ensured that City Manager Bryan Cosgrove would stay on for at least two more years during a meeting Monday, June 17.
First, the City approved Cosgrove's contract for $178,880 and $185,141 for the next two years and councilors universally praised his work.
Council President Kristin Akervall and Councilor Charlotte Lehan said Cosgrove has done an especially good job hiring capable staff.
"Thank you very much for the leadership we've had for the last several years, and thank you for the excellent leadership we're going to be having going into the future," Akervall said. "We see that people have pride in their work and I think that's very important, and I know that that's fostered by your direction and your leadership and trust in people as well to do the job that they're passionate about."
Stevens, for her part, said Cosgrove helps guide councilors' decision-making process.
"I wouldn't want to do your job because I know it's huge, managing the City and all the things you have going on, but you do it with such grace and diplomacy, and I appreciate so much the support you give us. You're always well informed," Stevens said. "You give us the boundaries to keep us on track, and I appreciate that because it makes for a much more efficient council and for the work we do."
Cosgrove was equally effusive in his praise for Wilsonville councilors and staff, and said he would like to remain with the City until he retires.
"Nothing good happens if it's not a team effort. I'm very pleased to be here. I fully intend to, if I can, make this my last job. I'm announcing my loyalty to Wilsonville for now and into the future," Cosgrove said. "It's a job made much easier because I have a great team, but it's also made easier that I have a City Council that really cares about good government and getting things done for the community without any sort of ego whatsoever."
Stevens announced earlier this month that she was resigning from the council to travel. Monday marked her final meeting after more than six years as a Wilsonville representative.
"It's bittersweet. It's hard to leave this. It's a hard decision ,but I love that word: wanderlust. I want to experience that. I want to travel the world as much as I can while I can," Stevens said. "I will miss all of you so much because this is where I come twice a month, and it's the relationships that really make a city great. It's the relationships I value with each and every one of you, and they're not going to end."
At the meeting, Cosgrove and councilors commended Stevens for her congeniality and commitment to the Wilsonville community. Cosgrove also praised Stevens for volunteering with the Parks & Recreation Department and serving as a member of the Wilsonville Public Library Board.
"It's (being a councilor) oftentimes a very thankless job because you have to vote on some very tough things, and you have done that, but you've maintained such a positive air about you whether you're here at City Council or you're representing the library board and bringing that information back," Cosgrove said.
"You made me feel so welcome when you first came. Your smile is wonderful. Your kindness was wonderful, and, hopefully, we won't lose touch because I think you are a wonderful member of this council," said Councilor Ben West.
Lehan said she tried to convince Stevens for 10 years to join the City Council before she finally relented.
"Clearly she was brilliant from the first days she was on City Council so I was right. You were wrong," Lehan quipped to Stevens.
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