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Councilor resigns after 14 years

Donna Gedlich has been excused since December 2013 due to health reasons

GedlichDonna Gedlich has resigned from her position as Scappoose city councilor, which she held since January 2001.

Mayor Scott Burge at a Monday, May 5, council meeting read a statement from Gedlich announcing her resignation. While the former councilor gave no reason for her departure, she has been excused from council meetings due to illness since Dec. 16.

“It is with great regret that I must resign my position effective immediately. It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Scappoose for over 30 years — first as a city employee and then on the council,” Gedlich wrote. “There have been many changes to our little town during that time. But one thing remains constant — Scappoose remains home to many wonderful people and I am honored they put their trust in me to serve their government. I’d like to take this time to thank the citizens of Scappoose for electing me to represent them for over 14 years as their city councilor.”

Gedlich also thanked councilors for their support and friendship during her absence. She did not respond to a call or email from the Spotlight for comment.

The now vacant City Council position will be filled by an appointment from current councilors, said interim City Manager Don Otterman. At the board’s next meeting, the council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring the position vacant, followed by a request to be posted in the newspaper for applications from the community, Otterman said. The City Council will then interview applicants and make an appointment for the position, an action that could occur by June.

“That depends on how long a timeframe the position is open for filing applications,” Otterman said. “There’s nothing in the charter or code as to how to fill the position, just to fill it by appointment.”

Burge said the appointed applicant will fill the position for the remainder of the calendar year. The position will be reopened for a two-year term in the November election, he said.

Burge said he’s had a good 15-year working relationship with Gedlich.

“She was city recorder when I was elected to council in ’98. I started in ’99,” he said.

He continued, “You know, like everyone on council, they have hot-button issues they want to work on and passion areas. She was a good person and her heart was in the right place, volunteering for the city.”

Otterman said he’s also known Gedlich for a long time, having served as Scappoose’s city manager from January 1995 to April 1999.

“She was city recorder when I was here,” he said. “It’s kind of a shame to see her go.”

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