After several days of not hearing or seeing Depoe Bay City Councilor Skip Hoitink, Newport Police over the weekend found him deceased at his Little Creek apartment. A report as to the cause of death is pending.
Hoitink was a retired railroad employee. He was also what many around Depoe Bay called a tireless supporter of what’s good about Depoe Bay. Hoitink was a strong supporter of Chamber of Commerce events and fundraisers, a booster of parks and nature trails and a good friend to many around town. So devoted to his community’s image, Hoitink was also routinely seen picking up litter on his daily walks around town.
Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said only that Hoitink was found deceased in his apartment and that all other information would be coming from the District Attorneys office.
Hoitink’s passing leaves a vacancy on the City Council that puts the council in a position of deciding whether to appoint an eligible citizen from the community to fill the unexpired portion of Hoitink’s term which ends at the end of the calendar year. Hoitink’s passing also means that incumbent Mayor AJ Mattila will run unopposed unless a write-in candidate enters the picture. Write in candidates could also conceivably be elected to any of the three open council races on the November ballot, for which three citizens have filed.