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Banks gets new chamber director, loses councilor


Literral in, Stewart out in citys continuing reshuffle

Ron Litteral, who moved to Banks in April and works as a financial representative, is taking over as the city’s chamber of commerce volunteer administrator.

After Ray Deeth, 78, retired as the volunteer administrator in early July, chamber officials nominated a replacement for the man who had served the organization since its inception.

The first time Litteral stopped in the town of just under 2,000 on his way to the coast, he was hooked. He ran into Deeth at one of his regular hangouts, the Banks Trail Café, where the strangers struck up a conversation about Banks history.

Litteral, 28, said the people convinced him to make the move from Lake Oswego. “They are just really nice and friendly here,” he said. “I like the fact that you can have a conversation with somebody and ask them how their day was and not think it’s awkward.”

It’s a “good change of pace” from working in downtown Portland and Lake Oswego, he said.

He hasn’t held the position long, but has already brainstormed with fellow chamber members to come up with ideas to make the city’s Friday farmers market more successful.

“I’m excited about building on what Ray spent 19 years building and adding to what he’s already accomplished,” said Litteral, who added he hopes to help the town’s business owners communicate with each other in order to build a strong infrastructure.

Before he stepped into his new volunteer role, Litteral was planning on spending about 40 hours a month in the chamber office, but it’s been considerably more so far, partly due to the transition.

In the future, Litteral hopes to hold free chamber workshops and seminars, and is interested in checking out the Sunset Speedway.

Council loses member

Meanwhile, Banks city councilor Craig Stewart resigned at the council's July 9 meeting.

His letter of resignation was short and sweet: “To the members of the Banks City Council and to whom it concerns: It is with regret that I have to inform you of my resignation. Trying to juggle family life, work, softball and city council, something has to give. Since softball and family are one [and] the same, that leaves work and city council.”

Interim City Manager Jolynn Becker said the city has advertised for the position, but hasn’t received any applications yet.