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Joelle Davis elected Tualatin City Council president after she, councilors-elect are sworn in


Robert Kellogg and Paul Morrison took their oaths of office Monday as well. Davis, Kellogg and Morrison were elected by voters in November.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - After being unanimously chosen as Tualatin City Council president at Monday's meeting, Joelle Davis, center, stands to change seats. Also pictured: Mayor Lou Ogden, left, and City Councilor Jeff DeHaan, right.

There has been a lot of change on the Tualatin City Council over the past month — compounded by Monday's formal inauguration of two new councilors.

Councilors Robert Kellogg and Paul Morrison took their oaths of office at the beginning of Monday's meeting. Councilor Joelle Davis, re-elected to a third term without opposition in November, was also sworn in — and, immediately afterward, was chosen as council president.

Davis was nominated by Councilor Frank Bubenik. There were no other nominations, so Mayor Lou Ogden proclaimed Davis to be unanimously elected as president.

The mayor told Davis her elevation was "well deserved, after eight years of working hard, representing … this community with all your heart."

The council president presides over meetings and represents the city when the mayor is unavailable.

"I truly appreciate the honor, and I hope that I will be able to serve all of you well," Davis said at the end of the council meeting.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin City Councilor Paul Morrison took his oath of office Monday.Davis succeeds Monique Beikman in the role of council president. Beikman did not run for re-election last year; her seat was ultimately filled by Morrison, who was elected to the position with about two-thirds of the vote.

Like Davis, Kellogg ran unopposed in the election. He originally filed to run against Councilor Ed Truax, but Truax withdrew from the race, saying he had decided he did not want to serve a fifth term.

Councilors in Tualatin are elected by position, rather than from a single list as they are in neighboring Tigard and King City.

Asked for his thoughts on being sworn in Monday, Morrison said he is "excited" to serve on the City Council.

"I'm really anxious to get to work on an agenda," said Morrison, listing transportation as his first, second and third priority as a councilor.

Kellogg also identified transportation as his top priority, although he named "sensible development" of the Basalt Creek area south of Tualatin and some electoral reforms as other issues he wants to work on.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin City Councilor Robert Kellogg raises his right hand while being sworn in Monday.An attorney, Kellogg represented Tualatin resident Mae Heide pro bono when she sued the city after the council adopted an emergency ordinance that placed new restrictions on local initiative petitions. That lawsuit was thrown out in Washington County Circuit Court, but Kellogg said he wants to restore Tualatin's rules on citizen initiatives to be in line with statewide rules.

He also said he wants to standardize the size of political signage in Tualatin. Some proponents of the term limits measure that Heide petitioned onto the ballot complained about large roadside signs placed by opponents of the initiative during last year's general election.

A third new member of the Tualatin City Council came onto the seven-member body last month. Jeff DeHaan, a longtime city planning commissioner, was appointed to a vacant seat on a 4-2 vote. He will serve out the remaining two years of the unexpired term. Terms of office on the Tualatin City Council are four years long.

Another big change to the council will come after the 2018 election. As Tualatin voters overwhelmingly approved Heide's term limits initiative in November, the city charter has been amended to place term limits on members of the City Council. That means Ogden — Tualatin's mayor since 1995 and a council member since 1993 — will be ineligible to run for re-election, and city voters will have to choose a new mayor.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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