Saying that he has much enjoyed a long career in public service, County Commissioner Don Lindly announced today that he is resigning his commissioner’s position on June 1st.
Lindly said he had heart surgery 16 years ago on this date and that he realizes that time is passing. He said it’s time to pursue opportunities for family enjoyment and other quality of life options. He said he doesn’t like resigning in mid-term but that he’s convinced there is never a good time to resign a job you love.
County Clerk Dana Jenkins says that under state law, because Lincoln County Commissioners are partisan, the Democratic Central Committee (since Lindly is a democrat) will be asked to submit three to five names of willing candidates to the remaining commissioners for consideration. Commissioners Bill Hall and Terry Thompson will then chose Lindly’s successor who will then serve out the remaining two years of Lindly’s term.
Here is the full text of Don Lindly’s resignation letter:
For the past 40 years, I have served the public, first as an educator, ten years with Lincoln County School District, and in 1990 I was elected Lincoln County Commissioner and have served longer than any commissioner in our county’s history. I have strong beliefs about citizen participation in government going back to the early 1970’s when my good friend and mentor, the late Larry Horyna at the University of Oregon, introduced me to Community Education. I learned about the importance of citizen involvement as the effort to return “participatory democracy,” community leadership strategies and the benefits of intergovernmental collaboration as concepts I’ve used every day as an elected official.
I’m announcing today, April 4th, I plan to retire from public office before completing my term. This was a very difficult decision for me. There is no other place that I love more than our beautiful county and no job that I’ve loved more than this one. As my late friend Don Cohen used to say, “This is God’s country.” I am eternally grateful to the citizens of Lincoln County for giving me their trust and confidence for all these years as well as forgiving my occasional mistakes.
Serving you in the office of commissioner has been an opportunity of a lifetime. Along the way I have worked with so many great people dedicated to making this county and the State of Oregon everything it is today. I’ve truly appreciated your support and friendship.
One thing has remained the same over the years – Lincoln County employees continue to be conscientious and dedicated in their service to our citizens. I just couldn’t be more proud of them for the important work they do every day.
Most of all, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, and especially my wife Lin; thank you sweetheart.
Since I had open-heart surgery on this very date sixteen years ago, I’ve looked at every day God has kept me on this planet as a gift. I’ve worked hard to serve to the best of my abilities. It’s time for me to spend more time with my family and do some of the things Lin and I have always dreamed about.
I have confidence that my colleagues will continue to do a great job for our citizens and I wish them all the very best.
My last day on the job will be June 1st. Thank you all and God Bless Lincoln County Oregon.