The League of Oregon Cities (LOC) has announced the latest winner of an award honoring a former Bay City politician.
The James C. Richards Memorial Award has gone to current Hillsboro Mayor
Jerry Willey. Richards was a former city councilor for Bay City and a Tillamook County administrative officer.
The LOC Board of Directors created the award in 1980 to recognize exceptional contributions by local, state and federal officials.
In addition to his local responsibilities, Richards served on the LOC Board of Directors and Legislative Committee, and chaired the Local Officials Advisory Committee to the Building Codes Division. He also contributed his time to municipality causes around the state and often traveled to Salem to represent cities and the League before legislative committees.
“His many years of involvement in intergovernmental affairs serve as a model for others and is the standard by which nominees are evaluated,” a release from the league stated.
Founded in 1925, the LOC is a voluntary association representing all 242 of Oregon’s incorporated cities. The League helps city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting, intergovernmental relations, conferences, training, technical assistance and publications.