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Group hands pink slip to downtown coordinator

Main Street Oregon City has decided to lay off its downtown coordinator until the nonprofit’s new executive director can evaluate staffing needs in consultation with the board.

The position is held by Ethan Erickson, whose last day will be Sept. 27, the organization announced last week.

Downtown revitalization program MSOC is in the process of finding its next executive director. A search committee conducted its first round of interviews last week. The Main Street board hopes to have the position filled by mid-October.

Lloyd Purdy, Main Street Oregon City’s first executive director serving for approximately five years, left in early August for the position of economic development manager for the city of Tigard. His interim replacement, John Southgate, plans to remain at the helm until the permanent replacement takes over. Southgate is managing the hiring process.

“We wanted to give our new executive director the opportunity to determine his or her staffing needs, and how best to meet those needs,” said Main Street board Chairman Paul Culp. “We appreciate Ethan’s efforts over the last year, and we know that our downtown merchants likewise have responded well to Ethan’s efforts to increase community engagement and participation.”

Main Street Oregon City began in late 2008 as a volunteer group with a $30,000 budget. This year, the nonprofit collaborated on more than $350,000 in projects and programs aiming to bring new life to downtown Oregon City.




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