Milwaukie city attorney Dan Olsen administering the oath to the incoming mayor Mark Gamba.
Inside the Milwaukie City Hall on Tuesday night, a sitting council and mayor swapped positions. Here is how it went:
Mayor Wilda Parks called the city council to order with the Pledge of Allegiance then onto the first agenda item, administering the oath of office. Prior to the oath, Council Position 3 councilor Mark Gamba announced his resignation. Gamba was then administered the oath of office by city attorney Dan Olsen.
Former mayor Parks handed over the gavel to mayor Gamba. Council went on to the next item, to fill the vacancy for Position 3. The council discussed the procedures for appointing an interim councilor. Several councilors had the idea of appointing Wilda Parks to Position 3 as a way to save time in searching for a new candidate, and Parks already has the background knowledge on proposed city code changes.
Milwaukie city attorney Dan Olsen administers the oath to former interim mayor and now interim councilor Wilda Parks.
The council discussed and made a motion to appoint Parks to Councilor Position 3. Mayor Gamba and councilors Lisa Batey and Karin Power voted yea. Councilor Scott Churchill, who expressed concerns that the position should be publicly announced to allow other public members a chance to fill the interim position, abstained. City attorney administered the oath to Parks.
Mayor Gamba will serve the remainder of the mayor term to the end of 2016. Councilor Parks will serve until after the 2015 elections.
Very little change on the Milwaukie City Council.
This was a very smart move on the council’s behalf. With big projects involving planning and code changes, it was best to retain the people with the knowledge, despite a change in the position. I certainly approved the decision of the council tonight. Milwaukie is definitely moving forward.
Congratulations to Mark Gamba and Wilda Parks!