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Brookings looking for a new mayor

 

Larry Anderson
Larry Anderson
The city of Brookings will appoint a new leader within 60 days after current Mayor Larry Anderson, 66, announced Monday that he was resigning, effective immediately,  because of chronic health issues and other concerns.

In a letter to the city manager, dated May 4, Anderson, said, “Due to increasing demand for my medical, family and business concerns, I can no longer allocate the time to properly perform the duties of mayor.

 

“Fulfilling the responsibilities and duties of mayor requires a considerable amount of personal time. For the past 12 years, I have been able to balance my personal life with civic volunteerism,” he wrote.

Neither the mayor nor councilmembers are paid.

Anderson has been a Brookings City Council member for eight years, starting in 2004, and served as mayor since 2008, following the resignation of Mayor Pat Sherman. He was elected that same year and re-elected in 2010, running unopposed both times. His current term ends in January 2013.

Anderson holds a master’s degree in education, is a former Brookings-Harbor School Board chairman, and has been a real estate developer since 1976. His extended family has lived in the Brookings area since 1924.

The Pilot’s efforts to reach Anderson for comments Monday and Tuesday were unsuccessful. However, his wife referred the Pilot to the letters Anderson submitted to city officials as his official statement.

In a separate letter to his fellow city councilors, Anderson said, “ I regret not being able to complete the term of mayor. This decision should have been made in December, however, I felt it was an obligation to complete the budget process intact.”

 He wrote, “My recent medical procedures continue to cause chronic discomfort and pain, especially late in the day. In addition, I have not felt ‘up to par’ for some time, further demonstrating a need to resign.”

On Monday, City Manager Gary Milliman said the resignation was unexpected, but he was aware that Anderson had been suffering from back and knee problems.

City Council President Ron Hedenskog, who will serve as mayor until the city council appoints a new one, said in a press release that Larry Anderson’s  “Eight-plus years of continuous service on the city council, with a large record of accomplishments, is to be commended. Mayor Anderson will be leaving a pair of large shoes to be filled by the next mayor.”

Brookings’ city charter requires the council appoint a new mayor within 60 days of declaring the position vacant, Milliman said. The declaration will be made at the May 15 city council meeting.

“Both Oregon law and city regulations require that vacancies be filled by appointment,” Milliman said. “The next election for city council and mayor seats will in November of this year. In addition to the position of mayor, the city council seats currently held by Dave Gordon and Brent Hodges will be on the ballot.”

In closing his letter, Anderson said, “I thank the citizens of the city of Brookings for their past support, and the opportunity to serve the community.”

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