Mark Caillier, Keizer’s MVP

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On one hand, Mark Caillier knew what was coming. After all, as Caillier and others listened to Derik Milton present the President’s Award – the first of two, it turned out – at the Jan. 25 Keizer First Citizen Awards banquet, a picture of Caillier briefly flashed on the screen. “I thought, ‘OK,’” Caillier said. “Then they started talking about stuff. It wasn’t until they got down to projects that I thought, ‘I should think about what I’m going to say up there.’ And I didn’t. I was still going, ‘It might be me. But if it’s not, will I be disappointed or embarrassed?’ I just wasn’t sure.” Indeed it was Caillier earning the award, sponsored by Marion County Fire District No. 1. Since retiring in 2003 after 29 years at the Salem Police Department, Caillier has focused much of his effort on volunteering in Keizer. That included a four-year stint on the Keizer City Council. Caillier, the son of two educators who volunteered, has been part of the Claggett Creek Watershed Council, is leading clean-up efforts at Keizer Civic Center this weekend and Feb. 22, plus he’s co-general coordinator of The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. And that’s just some of his involvement. “He is committed to the Keizer community,” Milton said of Caillier. “If you ever want something done...

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