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Tualatin city councilor reportedly to move out of state

Wade Brooksby, on council since 2011, would have to resign his seat.


Wade Brooksby.Wade Brooksby, a Tualatin city councilor since 2011, has put his house up for sale and plans to move out of the state, according to Tualatin's city manager.

Sherilyn Lombos said Brooksby has not resigned from the City Council at this point. City councilors are required under Tualatin's city charter to reside and be registered to vote in Tualatin, and the charter states that the seat of any councilor who no longer qualifies to serve “shall be declared vacant.”

“He's definitely traveling,” Lombos said Friday. “So he took a new job and he's traveling for his job a lot. And they did put their house up for sale. My understanding is that he has not sold it yet and that he doesn't plan on resigning from council until it sells and it's finalized.”

Brooksby last attended a City Council meeting on July 25, although Lombos said he has been available by telephone if needed for meetings since then.

“I understand that his family moved so that his daughters could be in school,” Lombos said. “The kids start the school season in Utah.”

Contacted by email for comment on this story, Brooksby said on Sept. 16 that he was traveling. He did not respond to The Times' subsequent request for an interview before press time.

With a general election approaching, the means for filling a vacancy are somewhat complicated. Section 33 of the charter indicates that while the council can appoint someone to fill a vacancy, “the successor for the unexpired term shall be chosen at the next general biennial election after said appointment.”

Three seats on the Tualatin City Council are up in this year's election, and the candidate filing period closed last month.

“The timing is kind of tricky,” Lombos acknowledged. “And what would be cleaner is if it had happened before, back in the summer.”

In the past, Lombos said, the council has solicited letters of interest from prospective councilors and conducted interviews before making an appointment.

Two incumbent councilors were originally appointed to their seats before winning election in their own right.

Monique Beikman, who is retiring from the council at the end of her term this year, was first appointed in 2006. Her predecessor, Mike Gillespie, announced his resignation that October, shortly before the general election in November, also after moving out of Tualatin. Nancy Grimes was appointed to the council in summer 2011 after Chris Barhyte, then-council president, resigned for the same reason.


By Mark Miller
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