MEDFORD, Ore. — There’s a face missing from the Medford City Council, literally. Instead of a portrait, there’s an application.
“Well, it’s logical,” retired city councilman, Al Densmore, laughed.
That’s because Al Densmore is calling it a career after 30 years of public service.
“It’s time for someone else to step up and take the responsibilities of elected office,” Densmore said.
Densmore served in the Oregon Legislature and as mayor of Medford. He spent the last 6 years on the City Council, and now wants to devote more time to his family and his financial job.
“I’ve enjoyed and appreciated and learned a lot, and met lots of great people,” Densmore added. “But elective public service is a lot more difficult than when I started in 1970.”
Fellow council members said they’re sad to see him go.
“I did run against him in 1974 for the legislature, and lost, and it’s been nice working with Al on the City Council,” councilman Dick Gordon commented.
“He’s going to be sorely missed, he’s got a calming effect on the council,” Gordon added. “The council is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy from ward 1.”
That person would serve out Densmore’s term until December 2014. Densmore said whoever takes the job needs to be ready for long hours and some disagreement; but he said the commitment to public service is worth it.
“Try to be a collaborative soul on the council, because today’s person who opposes your point of view may be tomorrow’s person who will support your point of view,” Densmore explained.
The City Council recently posted the opening, and applications are due back to the city by August 23rd. So far, they say they have not received any applications back.