I’m Robert Gambino, President of the Depoe Bay City Council. I am serving my fourth year as a councilor and am very appreciative of the opportunity it has afforded me in serving my community.
Elected officials are all about “serving their communities”. Even before I was elected I served our city in many ways. I currently have two ODOT “Adopt a Highway Program” sections that I clean up, both north and south of our city. I am the president of a charity organization that operates a one-day event, every year that has garnered over $2,000 annually for the Depoe Bay Food Pantry, for the past eleven years. As a councilor I also serve on several local, county and state government commissions, from ODOT’s Commission on Transportation, Lincoln County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, to Lincoln County Emergency Communications Commission and others.
But, this is not about me. It’s about you, the citizens of Depoe Bay. I represent you. I always have and I always will. I am not a business owner, nor a commercial fisherman. I worked full time, until I retired two months ago. I serve because I want to help our beautiful city and wonderful people in any way I can. I take pride in giving back to the community. Its businesses, its harbor and all of its communities are equally important to me. I have no special agendas. And I’m not running to win a popularity contest, as some campaigns appear.
The City Council has accomplished great things in the past four years. From rehabilitating the old fish plant making it a marketable city property, to dredging the harbor, replacing major sections of aging infrastructure and building a beautiful park system. Of course, there is much more to be done. The City needs to address our aging harbor infrastructure, the growing homelessness and affordable housing issues, and continue to promote and grow businesses both in the downtown core as well as south of the bridge. However, I believe that the city council needs “a shot in the arm”. Over the four years I have served, I have witnessed a slow down in council. Meetings can go on until late at night and agenda items are frequently tabled to the next meeting. This makes it very difficult to accomplish the Council’s goals and requirements, not to mention that it doesn’t promote citizen attendance! Our City Council needs a leader that can keep it on track, compel consistent procedures and ensure that the work gets done with prompt efficiency. There is no time in Council for idle chat, overture and filibustering.
I have the experience and skills to serve as your leader! I will leverage that experience, skill and commitment to excellence, to serve as your Mayor.
Thank you! If you would like to talk about your city, please call me anytime! 503-349-4758