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WL community development director to resign

City, Chris Kerr reached mutual separation agreement effective Jan. 29

The city of West Linn and Community Development Director Chris Kerr reached a mutual separation agreement that will terminate Kerr's employment with the City.


As part of this separation and as per his employment contact, Kerr will receive six months’ severance pay, as well as any vacation leave he has accrued. Kerr’s last day with the city is Friday, January 29.

“This is a positive separation that is in the best interests of the agency and the community," Kerr said in a press release. "The most recently elected councilors have stated that they want to see a culture change at city hall and would like to move in a new direction. I believe this separation is consistent with that, and will make the transition process easier for the next city manager that is selected as well."

Kerr has worked for the City since 2007. During his tenure with West Linn, he served as the planning manager, interim assistant city manager, economic development director and community development director.

“I am proud of my eight years of service to the community and the accomplishments that my staff and I have achieved during that time," Kerr said in the press release. “The city provides services that provide a quality of life that is second to none and I've been fortunate to have worked with both professionals and community members that have made that happen."

Kerr's departure is the latest in a series of upheavals at city hall. Citing concerns about his position becoming a political issue, City Manager Chris Jordan resigned in August 2015. Citizen Engagement Coordinator Lori Hall also left West Linn for a position at Clackamas Community College, and in November 2015 Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt informed the City of her intent to file a civil complaint on claims of gender discrimination, retaliation, violation of due process and common law defamation.

Wyatt remains employed with the City.

Kerr, for his part, thanked both Jordan and Interim City Manager Don Otterman as he prepared to depart.

"Mr. Otterman has been professional and respectful in his capacity as interim city manager during the last several months," Kerr said in the release. "I want to express my deepest thanks to all of my coworkers, particularly Chris Jordan who served as my city manager for eight years, for diligently serving the city every day.”