¦ Forest Grove City Recorder Anna Ruggles was recently installed as the secretary for the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR).

Before Ruggles was hired in Forest Grove in 2002, she worked for the city of Hillsboro as the police records supervisor.

Ruggles, of Gaston, has served on numerous OAMR committees in the past, and is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

n Susan Cole, former assistant director of administrative services for the city of Forest Grove, left to work for the city of Portland. Her position has been replaced by a Senior Management Analyst position, which removed employee supervision from the job description and reduced management assistance to Engineering and Public Works. Although the change was not meant to save money, the modification will save the city $39,000 per year due to the position’s decreased salary range and lower contribution to the retirement plan.

n In the last year, the Forest Grove Fire Department promoted five of their firefighters and hired three new team members. Will Murphy was promoted to shift lieutenant, filling longtime captain Dwight Lanter’s position after his retirement in July. Murphy, a Portlander, has worked with the department since 2006. He serves as the department’s emergency medical officer, overseeing the agency’s calls requesting emergency medical assistance, which makes up about 70 percent of responses. In 2010, Murphy received the EMS Impact award from the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, and was honored with Forest Grove Fire Chief’s award in 2011. An official oath and swearing in ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at the Forest Grove City Council meeting.

n In other news, the city of Forest Grove Light and Power Department staff will be replacing electric meters in neighborhoods this fall as part of an ongoing maintenance program. Residents may experience brief power outages lasting no longer than five minutes.

Crew members will notify residents when they arrive to change meters.

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