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Dean Sawyer seeking election in his own right to the Newport City Council

Retired Newport Police Sergeant and appointed City Councilor Dean Sawyer today announced he will seek election to the Newport City Council in his own right November 6th. Sawyer was appointed to the council in January of last year to fill out the unexpired term of Councilor Mark McConnell who was elected Mayor.

Here is Mr. Sawyer’s announcement:

It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens on the Newport City Council the last two years. I believe this the best city in Oregon and I would like to continue to work hard to keep it that way.

One of the things that I am particularly proud of is establishing the City Council Town Halls. To date we have had five meetings around town where the council meets informally with area residents. The goal is to have direct talks about specific issues that they face in their neighborhoods. I have met with small neighbor groups to discuss a particular problem in their part of town by bringing city staff and citizens together and we were able to get specific needs solved.

The city over the past few years has been faced with difficult and complex financial issues and I believe that the council has been successful in turning them around and pointing them in the right direction. The city’s reserve fund was dangerously low and we were able to develop a policy that will incrementally increase the reserves to an acceptable level. The elimination of the negative budget funding methods that were not proper is another major accomplishment we have addressed in the last two years.

Looking forward we still have financial issues that means we need to continue fiscal responsibility to make sure our limited resources go further. This will include a close watch on current city spending in such areas as the water treatment plant and find the resources to fund the Agate Beach Water tank.

We need to continue the collaboration between city staff and citizens in directly approaching complex issues and finding workable solutions that satisfies all involved.

To these ends I would ask for your vote for me, Dean Sawyer, for City Council on November 6th, 2012. If elected, it will be my honor and privilege to continue to serve you. If you wish to contact me please email me at retcop@charter.net

The deadline for interested people to run for city council is August 28th, with all paperwork delivered to the city recorder’s office by 5pm. For information on the paperwork, call Newport City Clerk Recorder Peggy Hawker at 541-574-0613.

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