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Carol Pauli resigns from Oregon City Commission

Oregon City Commissioner Carol Pauli announced her resignation as an elected official last month, citing a responsibility to move just outside of city limits to care for an aging relative; her resignation was effective July 1.

OREGON CITY - Carol PauliPauli said that she had a great run on City Commission and is proud of her service during a time that the city launched a successful ballot measure to renovate and expand its Carnegie library. She said it was a pleasure to watch staff, commission, advisory boards, neighborhood associations, citizen groups and other government agencies work together to bring many other accomplishments to Oregon City.

Pauli, the owner of KC’s Midway Historic Public House, was appointed in February 2012 on a promise to bridge the political divide after the recall of Commissioner Jim Nicita. Pauli was soon elected to a full term from 2013-16. Although she is having to sell her house in Oregon City and resign just before the end of her term, she has promised to remain involved with the city as her children continue to be enrolled in the Oregon City School District.

“I enjoy public service, and I do plan to stay involved; I hope to at least remain on the Main Street board,” she said.

City commissioners need to be analytical, problem solvers and interested in taking care of problems holistically, she said. She gave the Public Works Department's proposed expansion in the McLoughlin neighborhood as an example of how “minor issues for one part of the city can be of general benefit” of all citizens.

“It's important to be sensitive to people's concerns, but we all have to live with certain uncomfortable things from time to time — that's just a fact of life,” she said. “Our job on the commission is to minimize the impact as much as possible and create a silver lining.”

City Manager Tony Konkol expressed his “sincere appreciation” to Pauli for her service to the city.

“Our best wishes go out to Carol and her family and I would like to thank her for all the hours of work that she has put in representing the citizens and businesses of Oregon City,” Konkol said. “Carol has been a tireless advocate for the city and it has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with her.”

Pauli encouraged more citizens to step up to volunteer on an advisory board and become more involved. There isn't time for the four remaining city commissioners to appoint Pauli's replacement. Her seat is open for candidates to file through Aug. 30 and appear on the November ballot.

“I hope some busy parent steps up, because I feel they have a different view,” she said. “The commission has a lot of diversity right now, but I felt I had a unique perspective as an active parent.”