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Mark Clark returns to Wood Village Council

Clark replaces Jimmy Frank, who resigned unexpectedly in August -

COURTESY PHOTO - City Recorder Greg Dirks, left, leads the oath of office administered to Councilor Mark Clark on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Wood Village City Hall.After a two-year hiatus, Mark Clark is back.

The longtime elected official and former council president was appointed to the Wood Village City Council during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

City Recorder Greg Dirks said Clark was the only person to apply for the volunteer position. He will serve for two years.

Though Clark last worked as a public official from 2006 to 2014, his presence was hardly gone. In his official application for Position 4, he noted that his name was still listed at the top of the city form.

“I miss you guys! It’s an exciting time to be a city councilor!” he wrote in his application.

Clark is the current chair of the Port of Portland’s Citizen Noise Advisory Committee and has sat on the Wood Village Budget Committee for the past 10 years. He served on the Planning Commission from 2004 to 2006.

“I hope to maintain a status quo within the city and the City Council,” he said in an interview. “I always see the bright side of anything … even the negative stuff.”

Clark said he has been a member of just about every service group imaginable, including the Rotary, Kiwanis, Toastmasters, Exchange Club and Lions. He served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1982.

Speaking by phone, Mayor Patricia Smith called Clark a “wealth of information” who “reads everything.”

“He has great ideas, great views … and I enjoyed working with him,” she said. “We don’t always agree, but he’s a good man and I’m glad to have him on the council again.”

Retired since last October, Clark previously maintained heating and air conditioning systems for Precision Castparts. Clark replaces former Councilor Jimmy Frank, who resigned unexpectedly in late August, citing a family emergency.

“When I retired, (I was) thinking that it was time for someone else to take my place,” Clark said. “But I never did stop doing the volunteer events. I never plan to stop doing that.”