COUNCIL APPOINTS MANAGER
July 28, 2000 11:00 pm

In a special meeting Friday night, the Brookings City Council named LeRoy W. Blodgett of Myrtle Creek as the new city manager.

Blodgett will take office Aug. 14 at a salary of $60,000 per year.

He has 12 years experience as a city manager.

He has a bachelors degree in business administration from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y..

Most recently Blodgett, 49, was North Bend city manager from 1992 to 1996 and Myrtle Creek city administrator from 1996 to 1998. He was business manager for the Cow Creek Indian Tribe from 1998 until earlier this year.

While in Myrtle Creek he worked on many projects similar to those here in Brookings.

I know what a lot of the issues are, Blodgett told The Pilot.

Myrtle Creek built an $8 million golf course here in 1996. I took the lead in putting the project together, getting financing and so on.

The golf course was made environmentally friendly by using city wastewater plant effluent for irrigation, he said.

Blodgett completed expansion of the citys urban growth boundary and built a bandshell in a city park without using tax dollars. He has been involved with community, with economic development activities and has been successful at grant writing, he said.

Blodgett said Myrtle Creek is similar to the Brookings-Harbor area in terms of population.

Myrtle Creek has a population of about 3,700 and then theres an area they call the tri-cities which has another 3,700 population, he said.

Blodgett and his wife, Cathy, have been married 21 years. They have a son, Seth, 13.

Mayor Bob Hagbom said Blodgett did very well in his interview with the council.

The department heads were unanimous in their advisory recommendation to the council in choosing him, he said.

I am very pleased to hire someone with Mr. Blodgetts extensive and successful experience in Oregon city government, Hagbom said.

He will be a real asset to the community and help us keep moving forward the way the council wants to go.

Blodgett said he plans to come to Brookings the week before the 14th and live in his recreational vehicle until he can make arrangements to move his family.

The search for a new Brookings city manager got underway in May after Tom Weldon announced he would be leaving the position he has held for six years on Aug 4.