Former councilor Keller retires from state job

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Jim Keller had so much going on, he just had to retire. The former Keizer City Councilor retired last week at the age of 67. Since 2007, he’d worked as senior policy analyst for the state Republicans at the state capitol in Salem. His wife of 45 years, Anna, retired from the Salem-Keizer School District five years ago. “Anna, bless her heart, makes sure she has a list of things for me to do every morning,” Keller said with a laugh. “But I am doing some golf. We have seven grandchildren, so we’ll be spending time with them. I told my kids I would help them with yard work. I’ve got so many things to do.” In other words, Keller looks to fulfill the old saying about being busier in retirement than while working. “You know, what everybody says is true,” the 2001 Keizer First Citizen said. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969, the lifelong Keizer citizen worked as a correctional officer for the Oregon State Penitentiary. He was a Marion County deputy sheriff for six years before serving as a power plant regional manager from 1976 to 1988. From 1988 to 2002, he ran Keller One Hour Photo. Along the way, Keller continued to serve his community. He was on the city council from 1992 to 2000, serving...

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