moves on; council seeks successorOther issues: Downtown district, 27th Street trucks Those interested in taking departing Bend councilor John Hummel's seat will have until March 21 to submit application.
Mar 1, 2007Bend
City Councilor Hummel resigning Bend City Councilor John Hummel announces he's resigning and going back to school, to help developing Third World countries.
...It was a night for hugs, a funny "un-proclamation" and warm wishes at Bend City Hall, as Councilor John Hummel took his leave Wednesday evening, less than a week after announcing his surprise resignation.
Colleagues then set in motion the process of seeking interested citizens, interviewing some of them and picking someone to fill Hummel's seat for the next couple of years. Hummel at first moved to accept his own resignation - a motion that died for a lack of second.
...Councilor Jim Clinton got to read the proclamation, with one "whereas" after another, including one that ribbed Hummel for not being fond of proclamations in the first place.
When it came time to vote on the thing, everyone abstained - but Hummel
, who voted no.It was his
last lone "no" vote, but far from his
Colleague Linda Johnson confessed to "absolute pure jealousy" when she
would be going back to school, with the goal of helping African countries gain the investments needed to develop.And colleague Chris Telfer called Hummel
an "incredible example" of the lesson he
shared: "Fight for what you believe in."
Councilor and former Mayor Bill Friedman actually seemed a bit choked up: "This is tough," he
finally said with a laugh, adding that he
'd done some research and found eight times he and Hummel
had voted on the same side - and each time, on the losing side of whatever the rest of the council had decided to do.
Friedman, who has a background in public transit, recalled four to five years of "intense discussions - that's council speak for arguments" - with Hummel
over the wisdom of adding fixed-route transit in Bend
"I'm gonna miss ya," Friedman told Hummel
said, "The hardest decision about leaving Bend
was leaving the council."And he
had praise for the city and its involvement in its governance: "We are unique in this country with the level of involvement from the community - and the media - in the daily governance of this city. ... In this town, people care about what happens."
"Debate is good," he
told not just his
colleagues and the thin City Hall crowd, but those watching from home on TV.