The League of Oregon Cities’ prestigious Herman Kehrli Award was presented Friday, Sept. 30 to Manzanita City Manager Jerry Taylor during the League’s 91st Annual Conference at the Salem Convention Center.
The award is given to a city employee who has made exceptional contributions to city government in Oregon, producing lasting benefits for their community. Taylor has served as city manager in Manzanita, a coastal community of 610 residents, for 20 years. Among his notable achievements in this position are the following:
- Coordinating a partnership between the city, the state parks department and Tillamook to produce an attractive and safe walking and bike path;
- Shepherding the financing of a beach access ramp for the disabled, which is augmented by large-tire electric wheel chairs that are provided free to people and families who would otherwise be unable to share a real beach experience; and
- Guiding the city through several infrastructure improvements, including the construction of an up-to-date water source, purification and distribution system.
In addition to chairing the local mayors and managers association, Taylor is an active member of the Manzanita area commission on transportation. He also has recently facilitated the city’s partnership with the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and with organizations developing the Oregon Coast Trail through Manzanita.
About the Herman Kehrli Award
From 1933 to 1966, Herman Kehrli served as executive secretary of the League of Oregon Cities and director of the University of Oregon’s former Bureau of Governmental Research and Service. A joint effort between the League and Bureau established standards of excellence for local government officials through an agenda that includes research, consultation and training in city government affairs. The quality of Oregon’s city government today is due in large part to the success of this joint effort.
About the League of Oregon Cities
Founded in 1925, the League of Oregon Cities is a voluntary association representing all 241 of Oregon’s incorporated cities. The League helps city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting, intergovernmental relations, conferences and training, technical assistance and publications.