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Scappoose councilor resigns to focus on work

by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: KATIE WILSON - Scapppoose Mayor Scott Burge, right, presents departing city councilor Judie Ingham with a plaque of appreciation. Ingham decided to resign after the November election.An expanding business is the reason a Scappoose City councilor decided to resign.

Judie Ingham told the Scappoose City Council and citizens present at a Dec. 17 meeting that she had to make a choice between continuing to serve the City Council or run her business.

“I couldn’t devote, I think, the time I’d promised the community I could devote (to council work),” said Ingham, who has worked for 33 years as an independent manufacturer sales representative in women’s apparel.

The Dec. 17 council meeting marked her last after 10 years on the council. She plans to take a break from city work, but would like to become involved in the historical society and maybe the budget committee again at some point.

Ingham said she made the decision to resign not long after the November election results. Councilors Donna Gedlich and Jeff Erickson had been reelected and Jason David Meshell was elected to replace Councilor Jeff Bernhard who had indicated he would not pursue reelection.

“It was a perfect time for me to step back,” Ingham said. The incumbents had retained their seats with a majority of the community’s support, she said, and the election process showed there were other willing candidates who could be appointed to the position she vacated.

“So that helped me make my decision,” Ingham said. “It was a tough decision to make.”

Mayor Scott Burge presented Ingham and departing councilor Bernhard with plaques representing the city’s appreciation for their work. Bernhard had served the city for nine years, both on the council and on the budget committee.

“We’ve worked together on a lot of issues and it’s been a great honor,” Burge told Bernhard.

The mayor commended Ingham for the passion she brought to issues she cared about.

“If we need committee people, I know who to call,” he said.

The city has announced a vacancy on the City Council and is accepting applications from interested Scappoose residents until Jan. 2.

Forms are available online at ci.scappoose.or.us and at Scappoose City Hall, 33568 East Columbia Ave. Completed forms can be mailed to city hall, dropped off in person or faxed to 503-543-7182.

Ingham’s term expires December 2014. Anyone appointed to the position would serve until that date.

For more information, contact Susan Reeves, City Recorder at 503-543-7146, ext. 224.