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From New York City TV news reporter to Oregon Coast public servant – Bob O’Brien sworn in as newest Waldport City Councilor

Bob O'Brien far left as newest Waldport City Councilor

Bob O’Brien far left as newest Waldport City Councilor

Bob O'Brien being sworn in as Waldport's newest city councilor by City Manager Nancy Leonard

Bob O’Brien being sworn in as Waldport’s newest city councilor by City Manager Nancy Leonard

Councilor O'Brien right off the bat caught a street name error in a new city ordinance.

Councilor O’Brien right off the bat caught a street name error in a new city ordinance.

New York City transplant and former New York City news reporter Bob O’Brient was sworn in as Waldport newest city councilor, taking over the seat once held by long time councilor Peter Kelly who resigned from the council to move to Corvallis where he and his wife will be closer to family.

O’Brien is a well known face to literally millions of New York City area residents as a 36 year veteran reporter for WNYW-TV Channel 5, the Fox flagship for the network and for his tenure at WWOR Channel 9 Secaucus/NYC. Not only was he a regular beat reporter in New York, he was frequently assigned national and international stories by the Fox News Network.

However, he’s traded in his work-a-day contacts in New York for his volunteer-a-day assignments for Waldport’s Citizens Patrol, the regional Community Emergency Response Team and now as a city councilor.

Here is how Bob O’Brien described himself in last election’s voters pamphlet:

Educational Background:

* St.Ignatius H.S., Cleveland, Ohio, 12, Diploma, Class of 1960;
* Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, B.S.English Literature;
* Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, Summer 1962, Cultural and Religious Studies

* Prior Governmental Experience: None

After a career covering the streets of New York City, Waldport seems the perfect place for this journalist to live after leaving the cameras and microphones behind. Soon after buying our home here in 2009, my wife and I spotted a car with magnetic signs on both doors saying WALDPORT CITIZENS PATROL. We agreed that looked like a good way to pay back our new hometown and its people for the welcoming reception we experienced everywhere we went here.

After almost four years as WCP members, we have learned a lot about Waldport, met a great number of our fellow residents and helped law enforcement make Waldport a more safe and secure place to live. We provide additional eyes and ears for the deputy sheriffs and state troopers who are charged with protecting all of us. My wife, Veronica, and I are also certified CERT team members. Our Community Emergency Response Team training program continues to educate CERT members on how to help ourselves and our neighbors in case of disasters.

Waldport faces challenges, the need for more business successes to put residents who need jobs back to work and bring new life to unused commercial spaces. I believe my experience and energy can add to the admirable job now being done by our mayor and city council.

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