Irrigon mayor resigns for health reasons

Irrigon mayor Don Baxter

By Jessica Smith

Staff writer

IRRIGON — Irrigon Mayor Don Baxter resigned last week due to health issues.

Baxter was elected to the Irrigon City Council in November 2004, and was unanimously elected to the position of mayor by the city council in January 2005.

Baxter was elected to a second term as mayor last month.

"Mayor Baxter was a stalwart supporter of the city of Irrigon and worked to improve the condition of the city through many avenues," said City Administrator Gerald Breazeale. "His most visible contribution is the addition of the Irrigon skate park which, when completed, will be a world-class quality concrete bike and skate park."

Breazeale said Baxter helped lead the community to push for improvements in the quality of life for the city's residents. Among the city's accomplishments during Baxter's tenure included acquiring additional park land, code enforcement, and improvements to the water, sewer and street systems.

At the next city council meeting on Feb. 27 a new mayor and mayor-pro-tem will be selected by city council at the next city council meeting on Feb. 27. Until then, current Mayor-Pro-Tem Chuck Neumann will fill in as acting mayor, said Breazeale.

"I want to thank Don very much," said Neumann. "He's done a lot, and we want everything to continue for Irrigon the way it's been, especially in regards to all the projects he started."

This shift will open up a seat on city council. Interested Irrigon residents may call city hall at 922-3047 for more information.

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