Aurora searching for new city recorder
Aurora City Recorder Kelly Richardson has recently left for the city recorder position in Molalla.
Richardson lives in Molalla and that city's recorder position opened after long-time City Recorder Sadie Cramer recently resigned.
"We have completed our recruitment process and our choice for our new city recorder is Kelli Richardson," Molalla City Manager Dan Huff said in an email sent earlier this month. "My general guess is that her job duties will be very different here than in Aurora."
Richardson originally was appointed as Aurora's city recorder in 2007.
Her last day in Aurora was Nov. 9, though she facilitated and took notes at the Nov. 14 council meeting.
"I will be available and willing to help with whatever the city may need from me in this transition period," Richardson wrote in her resignation letter. "I will be available to help by phone, email or in person if necessary. I certainly value the relationship cultivated here and want to thank everyone for the past 10 years."
In recent months, tension has seemed to surround Richardson in her dealings with citizens, business owners and some city councilors. Councilor Tom Heitmanek told the Canby Herald, the Independent's sister publication, that Richardson had been levying city code ordinance violations with what seemed to be malicious intent.
"It appears she has just been walking or driving around, looking for things that are wrong," he said. "Some of these violations she's sending out are for things that have been in place for 20 years or more. Now, she suddenly decided they are out of code."
In response, the Herald filed two public information requests to see all code violations since Jan. 1, 2015, but none were produced.