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Public works director named


Oregon City Manager David Frasher last month appointed John M. Lewis to serve as the city’s next public works director.

Lewis, who previously held the position of public works operations manager, will oversee all of the Public Works Department, including Engineering, Development Services, Capital Improvement Services, Construction Services and Fleet Services.

He will also be responsible for directing Water, Wastewater, Stormwater and Street Divisions.

“John has been serving as the interim public works director since July (when previous Director Nancy Kraushaar took a job in Wilsonville), during which time he has demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, dedication and superior job performance needed for the position,” Frasher said. “John’s appointment will provide continuity for major projects like the water-rate rollback and completion of the $22 million dollar Jughandle project at I-205 and Highway 213.”

Prior to joining Oregon City in 2004, Lewis was the engineering project supervisor for the city of Lake Oswego. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology and an associates degree in public works technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology. He grew up in Southern Oregon, graduating from Medford Senior High School in 1983, and went on to graduate from OIT in 1989.

He and his wife, Bunny, and daughter, Carly, are nine-year residents of Oregon City.

“I am so excited about this new opportunity to work with staff and City Commission,” said Lewis. “Building on the city’s rich history, opportunities at the public works-director level abound. The city’s character as a regional center, its uniqueness with the Willamette River and Clackamas River boundaries, and its distinction as a community with strong community pride all represent the ingredients of a rich experience for the city’s public works director.”