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Depoe Bay C/C okays new data/TV/Internet provider – developing method to replace outgoing Clerk Recorder Pery Murray and possible new regulations for recreational marijuana sales.

Depoe Bay City Hall

Depoe Bay City Hall


The Depoe Bay City Council, at least in its current make-up, has never been charged with replacing THE most critical city employee Depoe Bay has ever had – and perhaps ever will have – and that is the person who holds the position of Clerk-Recorder. In this case, half Clerk-Recorder and half City Manager (though not paid for the city manager part) Pery Murray.

The Depoe Bay Clerk Recorder wears so many hats he/she would need to own a hat store. A clerk-recorder must be knowledgeable on every aspect of the city charter, city ordinances, state statutes, manage all city documents – both public and confidential – handle employee issues, public records requests, handling election candidacy information, knowing how to issue bids for government services and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Add in certain city manager-type responsibilities – a clerk-recorder must understand contracts, land use planning, managing state and federal grants, emergency and natural disaster service requirements, writing “leak resistant, if not water tight” city ordinances, knowing when to refer legal questions to what is usually a part-time city attorney, and keeping extremely lay city councilors in line with city, state and federal law, you quickly realize that City Clerk-Recorder Pery Murray, for over 30 years, has also been, in truth, the Depoe Bay “City Mom.” Replace THAT!

But the council has to replace Pery Murray because she’s retiring at the end of the year. Talk about high rope-walking without a net!!

The city council this week did what most lay-person city councilors would do.

Yup! They formed a committee!

They’re calling it the Personnel Committee and they will attempt to tabulate what Pery Murray does in any 30, 180 and 365 day cycle. They’ll also try to follow an off-the-cuff city council policy suggestion of “hiring from within.” The town,in fact, has a deputy clerk-recorder already on staff. But beyond that the town must advertise the position statewide. The council might also consider checking with the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders. Sometimes they have clerk-recorders looking for work or have some who have just retired and can “fill in” at many cities who are looking for an interim person to handle the job until they find a permanent replacement. The state city manager’s association provides a similar service.

We wish the council well. But it’s going to be a little like the Old Testament story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt but then Moses is spirited up and off to Heaven, and so the flock has to replace him. It just has to be done!

To complicate matters further, the Depoe Bay City Council is frequently confronted with making decisions that require the skilled judgement of a professional city manager – a role well traveled, by necessity, by Pery Murray. So there was some brief chatting among the councilors that they should consider hiring someone with both clerk-recorder expertise with some city manager experience as well. In short, another Pery Murray-type.

The council will take up the matter again at their next city council meeting Wednesday, September 20th. Ms. Murray will no doubt find herself relied upon, at least somewhat, to provide informed guidance to the council in HOW to select her replacement.

Retail marijuana sales coming to Depoe Bay.  No local regulations yet in place.

Retail marijuana sales coming to Depoe Bay. No local regulations yet in place.

Recreational Marijuana Regulations
The city council also was confronted by another major challenge – how to regulate where retail recreational marijuana outlets can set up shop. The town already has a medical marijuana outlet which the council decided, through new city regulations, could not be established within one thousand feet from the Neighbors for Kids facility just south of City Hall. The idea was raised by one councilor that they could just overlay the town’s existing regulations on medical marijuana sales over retail outlets as well. They’ll explore that possibility at their next council meeting on the 20th.

Retail recreation marijuana outlets are scheduled to open on October 1st so the city’s under a tight deadline to get whatever they feel they need on the books pretty fast.

New TV/Internet/High Speed Data supplier

And finally, the Depoe Bay City Council has approved a change in which company will be providing high speed data/internet and cable television service to Depoe Bay. The council approved the switch from CoastCom to Astound Broadband, a subsidiary of Wave Division Holdings. No word was mentioned on what may happen to rates and/or offered services.

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