Care to serve? Resignations create local openings

Kateri Osborne-Lohr steps down from School District Board; and City Council must fill a vacancy

At the most recent board meeting, Superintendent Dan Goldman announced that Kateri Osborne-Lohr will be stepping down on the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.

This creates a second vacancy on a local elected body, following Laurent Picard’s May 23 resignation from Hood River City Council.

The School Board is aiming to select a replacement at its June 22 public meeting. Osborne-Lohr is in Position 3, downtown Hood River.

Interested applicants should contact the school board secretary, Terri Martz, at 541-386-2511 to inquire about the process and requirements.

For City Council, anyone interested in applying should write a letter of application and submit it to City Hall, Second and State streets, or call 541-386-1488. The council plans a special meeting at 6 p.m. on June 7 to decide on a process to appoint Picard’s replacement. (This corrects a June 1 article.)

Osborne-Lohr has been a school board member for nine years and is resigning for personal reasons. Osborne-Lohr will stay on the board through the end of the school year. Her term expires December 2019.

Goldman said that over her tenure on the school board, Osborne-Lohr has helped to make important programmatic, policy and budgetary decisions that have furthered the vision and effectiveness of our public schools. Her background as an educator has helped the board connect policy to reality, while her personal experiences have grounded her in a student-centered approach to leadership.

Picard, an 11-year council member, resigned citing the “severe deadlock” over adopting short term rental regulations.

He and councilor Becky Brun have had to recuse themselves — disqualified from participation — over STR regulations because of conflict of interest due to being STR landlords. Brun said earlier this week she has no plans to step down.

With Brun and Picard unable to vote on STR matters, council is deadlocked at 3-2 on regulations including requiring STRs be the owner’s primary residence, prohibiting use of accessory dwelling units as STRs, and five-year grandfathering period for existing, non-compliant STRs. Any decision on the issue requires at least four “yes” votes.

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