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King City council ready to tackle issues that arise

Here is a recap of those who are currently serving


by: BARBARA SHERMAN - COUNCILORS CAN HAVE FUN TOO - King City City Manager Dave Wells (left) shares a laugh with council members during their first meeting in January; from left are Al Reu, David Newham, Suzan Turley, Mayor Ron Shay, who was eleted mayor for the fourth time by his fellow council members, Malka Sekey, Ken Gibson and Dick Winn.(Last fall a King City resident mentioned that he didn’t know who is serving on the City Council, which prompted this story to remind residents who their elected officials are.)

Ron Shay

On Jan. 2, 2013, Ron Shay was unanimously elected mayor by the City Council for the fourth time, ensuring another two years leading the city.

He and his wife Marlyn moved to King City 21 years ago, and Shay first served on the Budget Committee before being appointed to the City Council in 2002. He was elected to a four-year term in November 2006 and again in November 2010.

Shay grew up in Beaverton and joined the Army after high school, serving with the 11th Airborne Division; he was sent to radio school and spent 1 ½ years in Japan in 1947-48.

Shay earned a bachelor's degree in fish and wildlife from Oregon State College, studied cinema and television at the University of Southern California, and then got his master's degree in communication from Portland State University.

Shay worked for 34 years in the Portland office of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department and as part of his job, appeared on television in such educational shows as "Down on the Farm," "Oregon Outdoor Adventures" and teaching hunting safety. Out in the field, he was involved with various projects such as relocating California bighorn sheep, and trapping and transporting Northern sea otters.

After Shay retired, he worked for several summers as a deckhand on a friend's charter boat crossing the Columbia River bar.

Malka Sekey

Malka Sekey won 10 write-in votes in the November 2010 election, which earned her a four-year term on the City Council.

She was born in Argentina and grew up in Israel, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders at Tel Aviv University; she later got another master's degree in counseling at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Sekey, who is married to Steve Oseas, has worked in counseling at Portland Community College.

The couple, who moved to King City 5 ½ years ago, are passionate about animal welfare and actively support several organizations, including the Feral Cat Coalition, the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, Animal Aid and Fences for Fido.

Ken Gibson

The City Council appointed Ken Gibson to a vacant seat in April 2008; the term ended Dec. 31, 2010, and Gibson chose not to run for a full term in the November 2010 election due to other commitments, including getting his "dream job" as a golf marshal at Langdon Farms Golf Course

Gibson is retired from United Airlines after a 32-year career at the San Francisco Maintenance Operations Center, spending the last 15 years as manager of jet engine parts overhaul.

Gibson and his wife Ramona moved into Edgewater on the Tualatin in March 2006, and he enjoyed his first stint on the council. When another vacancy came up in the fall of 2011, Gibson was the only applicant to be interviewed by the council and was unanimously approved for the position that ends Dec. 31, 2014.

After Gibson reclaimed his seat on the council, it was noted that the city still had his name plate for the dais, and Gilson had saved his city business cards, thus saving the city money.

David Newham

David Newham moved to King City 12 years ago and credits a neighbor for talking him into running for a four-year term on the City Council in the November 2006 election.

Newham won a seat, but two years later in an election with three open positions, a fellow councilor, Sam Locklin, came in fourth. In December that year, Newham decided to resign to allow the council to possibly appoint Locklin to the seat.

"I stepped down because I felt Sam was a much-better-qualified candidate, and I wanted him to continue doing the good job he was doing," Newham said at the time. Locklin was appointed but announced a few months before the term ended Dec. 31, 2010, that he could not run again due to the demands of his business.

Newham credits his fellow King City residents for asking him to run again, and he regained a seat in the November 2010 election.

Newham was born in Hawaii, where his dad was stationed in the Navy, and he lived in Japan from the age of 8 to 11 until the family moved first to Portland and then to Orient, Ore. Newham attended Gresham High School, joined the Navy and served two tours in the Vietnam War.

Majoring in business management, he earned an associate degree at Portland Community College and a bachelor of science degree at Oregon Institute of Technology before working for Bonneville Power Administration for four years.

Newham then became a steamfitter with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290, retiring in 2001.

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - MAKING IT LEGAL - King City City Manager Dave Wells (left) swears in newly elected councilors Suzan Turley, Al Reu and Dick Winn at the Jan. 2 council meeting.Dick Winn

Dick Winn was first appointed to the City Council in 2003 for a year before winning his first four-year term in November 2004; he successfully ran for another four-year term in 2008 and again in 2012.

Winn grew up in Portland and graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in mechanical engineering; he was a registered professional engineer in instrumentation and control systems in the chemical industry before retiring.

Winn, who has lived in King City for 11 years, represents King City on the Intergovernmental Water Board and is a member of the Metro Trails Committee for the west-side trail project and the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge; and he serves on the technical advisory committee for the River Terrace community, formerly called Areas 63 and 64, on Bull Mountain.

Suzan Turley

Suzan Turley was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council in 2008 and successfully ran for a four-year term in November of that year.

Turley is retired from the Department of Justice and works part time at Bank of the West; she is a certified facilitator for AARP on community-impact and women's issues.

Turley, who previously served on the La Grande City Council for 12 years and was that city's first female mayor, is currently a public member of the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool Board and the Oregon Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists Board of Directors.

She was born in California and raised in southern Idaho, and she has lived in King City for seven years.

Al Reu

Al Reu, the newcomer on the City Council, received the most write-in votes - 22 out of 311 - in the November 2012 election.

Reu is a member of the King City Men's Golf Club, and before the election, a number of the other club members got behind an effort to write his name on the November ballot, ensuring his victory.

Reu, who moved to King City with his wife Dianne in 1999, is a former member of the King City Civic Association Board of Directors and former chairman of its Landscape and Architectural Review Committee.

Born in Colorado, Reu was raised in Dayton. He worked as a sheet metal mechanic for 50 years before retiring and thanks to his job has a unique connection with King City. His first job was building houses here in 1966.