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Cheryle Twete takes over job formerly held by Don Mazziotti

Cheryl Twete, Metro regional government’s senior development adviser, was named the city of Beaverton’s new community development director on Tuesday.

Twete, who is expected to begin her duties on May 12, will take over the position that’s been vacant since December, after Don Mazziotti announced his retirement from his four-and-a-half-year role as the city’s economic and community development director.

A longtime Beaverton resident, Twete will work as part of Mayor Denny Doyle’s management team. She will be paid $11,194 per month, for an annual salary of $134,328.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Cheryl Twete, Metro regional government's senior development adviser, was named the city of Beaverton's new community development director on Tuesday.

Doyle said he led a collaborative approach to the recruitment process, relying heavily upon input from the Beaverton business community and Community Development Department staff. The mayor emphasized the need for an individual with excellent redevelopment experience, a strong personnel management background and a good overall fit with the community.

“I am thrilled that Cheryl has agreed to come aboard and join the team,” Doyle said. “She’s a longtime Beaverton resident, very experienced in high-profile redevelopment project work throughout the Portland metropolitan region. She is exactly what we need to achieve our vision of being customer service friendly and open for business here in Beaverton.”

Twete has worked as Metro’s senior development adviser, managing high-profile efforts such as a proposed hotel project near the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Expo Center and Oregon Zoo master planning, Schnitzer Concert Hall renovation and downtown Main Street project, among others. Twete previously served as interim general manager for the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission organization, overseeing a staff of 195 full-time employees.

Doyle said he was particularly impressed with Twete’s more than 20 years of executive-level leadership on the Portland Development Commission.

“Cheryl has a very extensive been-there-done-that resume,” he noted. “I appreciate her approach and acumen when it comes to putting challenging redevelopment deals together. I’m also impressed with her proven track record for strategic leadership in managing a professional staff. We couldn’t be more pleased, and I’m excited for the chance to work with her going forward.”

Twete has served as senior staff to catalytic projects such as the South Waterfront Central District Development Agreement, Union Station Development Agreement, Gateway Transit Center Development Agreement, Central City Selected Revitalization Initiatives, and residential/mixed-use development efforts such as Park Avenue Apartments, 725 Flanders Lofts, RiverPlace Townhomes, Center Commons, and Union Station Housing.

“Cheryl’s experience with urban renewal and redevelopment project work was the tipping point for me,” Doyle noted. “She has the right skill set for the job.”

Twete said she looks forward to working for the city she calls home.

“It is an honor to serve as the new community development director for Mayor Doyle and the residents of Beaverton,” she said. “Beaverton has been a wonderful home for my family for many years, and I look forward to working with the council, staff and the community to grow its brand as a highly desirable place to live and work.”

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