Barring a write-in campaign coup d’état, City Councilman Mike Scott will be Manzanita’s next mayor starting Jan. 1.
By Ann Powers
Mayor Garry Bullard is retiring from the city’s helm after 10 years. The mayor’s position carries a two-year term.
Bullard is confident about passing the mayoral torch to Scott.
“He’s well qualified,” Bullard said. “He’s a very good person and has successful experience in private business, on the planning commission and city council.”
Scott is wrapping up his second four-year term as a councilman. Previously, the native Oregonian served on the Manzanita Planning Commission for three years and on the Rinehart Clinic Board for eight – two of which he was president.
He said a top city is addressing the inevitable increase of visitors and development for the small costal community with a permanent population of approximately 600.
“The Pacific Northwest is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation,” Scott noted. “Everyone wants Manzanita to stay the same as this quaint village with no more growth. But, things will change and all we can do is manage as best we can.”
He’s also concerned about “pirate renters” – people renting their homes without getting a city license, completing safety inspections or collecting taxes from their renters.
“We need to work on strategies to get these people to come into the system and be good citizens,” Scott said.
He added another “complicated problem without an easy solution” is a lack of employees for local businesses and affordable housing where they can live. He said he’s confident the future council will be able to work together and find effective solutions.
The retired financial services businessman has been a Manzanita property owner for 26 years. He and his wife, Phyllis, moved to the small coastal community fulltime 11 years ago.
Scott graduated from Portland State University, was a Naval commander and served in the Vietnam War.
“I have spent my lifetime in management and leadership positions,” he said. “Now is the time in my life for me to use that experience to help my community.”