It can be safely said that as city councilors come and city councilors go, even the whole Port Commission can go bye bye, but there’s always Depoe Bay City Clerk-Recorder Pery Murray to hold down the fort, City Hall, the budget, and still pull the flag down before sunset. And yes she is that good, and she and Depoe Bay will survive the following:
Add to what has been a considerable turnover of city councilors over the last year or so, there has come the sudden resignations of councilors Steve Sparks and now Zeke Olsen. Olsen, Council President, was the owner of the local barbecue sandwich shop in downtown Depoe Bay and doubled as the political side-kick to Mayor AJ Mattila. Both were spearheading a political sojourn to Washington DC to make their case before the U.S. Congress that it gift Depoe Bay sufficient federal funds to repair the town’s sewer, water and street problems, troubles in the harbor and whatever else needed fixin’. After months of planning and pulling back, planning some more and pulling back some more, the idea seemed to quietly disappear from the city council agendas. Zeke eventually closed his restaurant and appeared to be launching off onto other business ventures – of the high tech variety.
When announcing his intent to resign, he said only that he enjoyed his time on the council but it was time to resign – for personal reasons. He didn’t elaborate.
City Councilor and Man-about-town Steve Sparks, who was also very involved with Neighbors for Kids, also announced his departure from the council citing his need to regain his bearings after being very involved with the council. He said he needed time to rejuvenate himself and spend more time with his wife and family. Sparks also resigned his board position with Neighbors for Kids. Although gone from the public limelight for the moment, we believe Mr. Sparks is not quite done with civic life and may very well surface in due time.
In the meantime, the “Rock of Depoe Bay,” City Clerk-Recorder Pery Murray wasted few seconds to address the council as to the need to immediately advertise the two vacant seats and to call for council applicants. The vote was 5-to-1, with councilor Colin Teem voting against advertising Zeke Olsen’s seat, protesting Mr. Olsen’s departure from city government. After his protest vote Mr. Teem announced that he too may be resigning before the end of the year due to some uncertainty as to whether he’ll be residing within the Depoe Bay city limits much past the summer. But he informed the council that things might work out to where he could find suitable quarters in Depoe Bay if certain things fall into place.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Just ask Pery Murray.