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Laura Terway named Oregon City community development director

Laura Terway has been appointed to serve as Oregon City's community development director effective July 6.

OREGON CITY - Laura TerwayThis position acts as supervisor of Oregon City’s planning, building and IT departments; it became vacant when Tony Konkol was named city manager in February.

Terway began serving the city 13 years ago as a planning volunteer and worked most recently as interim planning manager following City Commission's appointment of Konkol. She holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University, along with a bachelor's degree in geography from Western Oregon University. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

In picking Terway for the position, Konkol announced at the City Commission meeting that she has a “wonderful way with citizens,” whether citizens are happy or critical of city proposals.

“I’m excited to see us moving folks up in our organization,” said Mayor Dan Holladay at the commission meeting, noting that Terway's fit with Oregon City outweighed the possibly more impressive qualifications on paper of other candidates for the position.

“My family and I are incredibly honored and proud to have this opportunity with the city of Oregon City,” Terway said. “I look forward to continuing the city’s tradition of exemplary service, public engagement and working together to make Oregon City a great place to live and work.”

Terway and her husband, Bill, have two children, Paige, 3, and Liam, 2.