Aurora mayor resigns amid DUII allegations
- Ray Hughey
- Woodburn Independent - News
The Aurora City Council will elect a new mayor at a special meeting Thursday in the council chambers at City Hall.
Gregory M. Taylor, who could not be reached for comment, resigned his mayor and council post Aug. 19, citing personal concerns.
Canby Police arrested Taylor early Aug. 18 and charged him with driving under the influence of intoxicants. The arresting officer noted alcohol on Taylors breath and slurred speech. Taylor was stopped about 1:16 a.m. near the intersection of North Fir Street and Northwest First Avenue.
The 57-year-old Taylor, a self-employed contractor, has lived in Aurora since 1970. He was appointed to city council in June 2008 and elected to a four-year term that November.
He was chosen council president in January 2011 and selected as mayor Sept. 13, 2012, to fill out the remainder of the term of James Meirow. Meirow resigned when he moved away from Aurora.
Voters then elected Taylor to a full two-year term in the November election.
Under the city charter, council President Bill Graupp will fill in until council members name Taylors successor.
The elected person will serve the remainder of Taylors term, which expires January 2015.
Selecting a councilor as mayor would create a council vacancy. Council would seek applications for that position. Should Graupp be named mayor, council would also have to elect his successor as council president.