By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff swore in new Police Sgt. Don Miller at the city council meeting Sept. 10 before saying goodbye to councilors Doug Brand and Melinda McVey.

Miller’s biography states he came to Gold Beach from Brookings after a career in Houston, Texas. Originally from Brookings, he served in the Army after high school and became a Houston police officer before serving in Brookings.

Gold Beach had not intended to fill the sergeant position, according to Popoff, but couldn’t pass on the opportunity to hire Miller. “He brings a new level of skills and depth to the department that all of the officers will benefit from.”

In his resignation letter, Brand said he and his wife had moved to Brookings because their business — By My Hand — had grown and they needed to be closer to it.

“I have enjoyed the nine-plus years I’ve spent with all of you,” Brand said. “The things we have accomplished together are such as to propel the city forward, always with an eye on the future, not forgetting the past.”

Brand’s term runs through 2020, and Popoff said he will take applications but will likely wait until after the November election to make an appointment.

Mayor Popoff recognized Brand his years of outstanding service to the city and its citizens.

“Volunteerism is an essential, valued and often thankless job in a small community,” he said. “Without citizens like yourself stepping forward and rolling up your sleeves to work on behalf of community, our city would simply cease to function.”

McVey is moving to Phoenix, Oregon. Her position is up for election.

“Over the years, I’ve appointed quite a few councilors, but she might very easily well be the best I ever appointed,” Popoff said of McVey.

He added that he had always loved her straight-forwardness and down-to-earth nature.


Council heard from resident Sandra Vieira about blight occurring in other towns after they allowed people to use RVs as temporary housing. She outlined her fears that Gold Beach would experience similar problems if they did so.

The council was to consider code amendments to allow RVs for temporary housing, but after hearing Vieira’s concerns and reviewing issues they had already had with RVs on city streets, they tabled the measure until the two vacant seats on the council are filled.

However, councilors Tamie Kaufman and Becky Campbell proposed holding a housing forum tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Curry County Library. They plan to discuss the Curry Housing Study, homelessness, and possible solutions.

Kaufman said, “Public input will be encouraged and welcomed.”

Curry Housing Study task force member and Curry Homeless Coalition Director Beth Barker-Hidalgo updated the council on the Curry Housing Study.

“We are anticipating a draft roll out to the task force by Sept. 24,” she said. “The original will be sent out electronically for feedback from members of the Housing Study Task Force.”

The full rollout is scheduled for Oct. 4 in the new wing of the Curry County Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hidalgo also thanked Kaufman and Campbell for attending a panel discussion on homelessness in Brookings. KCIW radio sponsored the discussion Sept. 5 at the Chetco Community Public Library.

Seven candidates

City Administrator Jodi Fritts said the city has seven candidates for the three positions up for elections, possibly a record. However, she reported Debra Lewis, one of the candidates might have moved out of the city.

These are the candidates currently slated for the Nov. 6 ballot, according to Fritts.

Summer Mattson and Bernice Torrez are running for Position 1.

Incumbent Becky Campbell and Anthony Pagano for Position 3.

And for Position 5, incumbent Tamie Kaufman and Amy Gaddis-Parker.

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