Christopher wins leadership award from fellow mayors

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Mayor Lore Christopher has earned recognition from her peers, receiving the Mayor’s Leadership Award from the Oregon Mayors Association. The honor was presented at the association’s summer conference on July 28 in Florence. “Seriously, it blew me away,” Christopher said. “You’re going along and you’re a do-gooder and you’re doing your best for your community and you never expect to be recognized by your peers. You never expect they even know what you’re doing.” Mayor John McArdle of Independence presented the award at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. He said it was the “penultimate” award for mayors in the state. “Your mayor is known for displaying wisdom of experience and a passion for helping others, especially other young mayors, be successful,” he said. Accomplishments cited include acquiring, rezoning and planning 200 acres of land that became Keizer Station, advocating and guiding development and construction of the Keizer Civic Center, which now houses city hall and police along with community rooms available to the public. Judges were particularly impressed with the lack of long-term debt from the project. “She has listened to the public, weighed the options, and made the call on issues that, while not always popular, were the right ones to keep the city in a position to survive the current economic recession with minimum impact on the city’s ability to provide service,”...

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