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Tigard, Tualatin mayors named to statewide board

Oregon Mayors Association picks John L. Cook and Lou Ogden as new board members

Tualatin Mayor Lou OgdenThe Oregon Mayors Association has named some new members to its Board of Directors, and they’re very familiar.

On Friday, Sept. 26, the association named Tigard Mayor John L. Cook and Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden to its board, along with two other mayors from across the state, the organization announced on Monday.

As board members, the group will oversee the nonprofit association, which works in tandem with the League of Oregon Cities to influence legislation regarding municipalities.

Other newly elected directors include Redmond Mayor George Endicott and Dallas’ mayor, Brian Dalton.

Tigard Mayor John L. CookThe quartet will join Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe and Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux on the board.

Cook and Ogden will oversee several projects such managing the association’s budget and working on legislative issues that need to be brought up, said Kim Bentley, a spokeswoman with the Oregon Mayors Association. The board also sponsors the state-wide “If I were Mayor, I Would...” contest for students, and works with newly-elected mayors.

“We want to get them involved as early as possible so they can learn how to do their job as mayor,” Bentley said.

Bentley said that the board tries to reflect communities from across the state, but said that it’s not uncommon to find one or two mayors from neighboring cities, such as Tigard and Tualatin.

“We make a call for any mayor who is interested and members vote on those people,” Bentley said.

Ogden and Cook will take office in 2015.

The Association’s board members previously served one-year terms, but is currently phasing in new three-year terms, Bentley said.

Cook will serve a two-year term until the end of 2016. Ogden will serve a three-year term until the end of 2017.

This is the first time that either mayor have served on the OMA’s board, Bentley said, though Ogden currently serves as the past-president of the League of Oregon Cities.

Ogden is facing his first real challenger in years this November. Bentley said that should Ogden not be re-elected, the board president would appoint a replacement.

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