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City begins process to fill empty council seat

Those interested in being appointed to the Gresham City Council seat left empty since last week’s resignation of Councilor Josh Fuhrer have until noon Monday, Oct. 14, to apply.

Applications must be received by the Office of the City Recorder.

The council will conduct applicant interviews during its 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, council meeting in the council chambers in the public safety and schools building, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

Councilors will appoint and swear in a replacement during the meeting. The new councilor will begin immediately and will serve out the rest of the seat’s four-year term, which lasts through 2014.

Fuhrer, a local developer who grew up in Gresham’s Rockwood area, resigned Friday, Sept. 27, in order to apply for the job of director of the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area.

Although the City Council does not hire city staff, with the exception of the city attorney and city manager, Fuhrer said he felt he had to resign to avoid any impression of undue influence.

The position oversees the city’s efforts to revitalize West Gresham and Rockwood, as defined by the boundaries of the city’s 20-year urban renewal district, which Gresham voters approved almost 10 years ago.

Candidates must be registered voters and have lived in Gresham for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment.

To apply or get application forms, visit GreshamOregon.gov, or contact City Recorder Susanjoy Baskoro at 503-618-2697.



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