I have served as a Waldport City Councilor since November of 2013 when Councilor Pete Kelly and his wife moved to the Valley to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Pete became friends with my wife, Ronnie, and me during the years we served together on the Waldport Citizens Patrol. He said “O’Brien, they need another Eastern-educated Irishman on the council to replace me.” I am very happy Pete convinced me to run for his unexpired term on the Council, which ends at the end of this year. So, I am hoping the good people of Waldport return me for a full four year term.
Our little city by the sea has lots to offer to residents and visitors alike. A creative plan for what becomes of the eleven acre site where the old high school once stood can be a key to making our city one of the top attractions along Oregon’s Central Coast.
Before moving to Waldport in the Summer of 2009, I spent 38 years covering the New York City metropolitan area for WNYW-TV Channel Five. I was a “general assignment” reporter. That means anything from street crime to politics. My television news career was a great ride that took me to many nations and into the lives of many fascinating people, rich and poor, in command and flat busted, both in and out of government.
Over the last three years, serving on the Waldport City Council, I have learned what it is like to be on the decision making side of the governmental process instead of covering it. After we moved here, my wife and I joined the Waldport Citizens Patrol, a group of Waldport residents who provide additional eyes and ears for the Sheriff’s deputies and Oregon State Police troopers who are charged with protecting all of us. Over the last seven years, we have learned a lot about our little city, met a great many of our fellow residents and helped law enforcement make Waldport a safer and more secure place to call home.
Ronnie and I are also certified CERT team members. Our Community Emergency Response Team training prepares us to be capable of helping ourselves and our neighbors in case of disasters. Serving on the City Council allows me to use my experience, imagination and energy to help make the most of the future for the people of Waldport.
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