Mayor outlines steps to appoint new council member
Cindy Dragowsky resigned from the Molalla City Council on June 19 due to a family emergency. This leaves the city council with one of its six seats open.
The council accepted Dragowsky's resignation at its June 27 meeting. The next step, following the City Charter, is for people to notify City Hall they would like to join the council. Once that is complete, council members and the mayor will hold interviews with the candidates at a date to be determined. They then will appoint someone to fill the remaining 2 ½ years left on Dragowsky's term.
Mayor Jimmy Thompson noted he likes to see the diversity on the City Council, "you wouldn't want everyone to think the same," he said.
Apparently appointments are not rare on Molalla's City Council. Thompson noted he was appointed to the council in 2010. But he also noted that most people run with the best of intentions and then things happen, they move outside the city boundaries or have a family emergency.
Thompson wasn't sure who might want to take over the remainder of her term. But the council will determine who to appoint together. "Appointments happen, [those who serve] do so as a volunteer without pay. Those that do serve want to give back to the community."
And it's hard, he told the Pioneer. For example, his mother died at the end of last November and he still had a lot to do that he had to continuing doing for the council. "You have reading and research that must be done in order to make the best decisions."
Dragowsky had attempted to resign awhile back, but took it back. At that time she was overwhelmed, said Mayor Jimmy Thompson. This time, however, she is needed by both her family and business due to an illness.
"Cindy will be greatly missed. She was a great addition to the council. We appreciate the time and effort she's put in to our community," he added.
Three council positions will be voted on in November; Leota Childress, Elizabeth Klein and Glen Boreth. He recently told the Pioneer he is not planning on running again this year.