CRESWELL – By this time next week, Creswell will have a mayor, and soon thereafter, city council might have a full board.
Council on Nov. 1 will hold a special in-person meeting at 7 p.m. to interview and appoint a mayor. Council president Kevin Prociw – who is acting interim mayor until an appointment is made – and former three-term mayor Dave Stram are the only applicants for the position.
One candidate will need to secure at least three of the four votes from councilors Alonzo Costilla, Misty Inman, Jeri Hutchinson and Shelly Clark in order to win the seat. Prociw cannot vote due to a conflict of interest, as he is running for the position.
The council also has an open council seat, after former councilor JoeRell Medina resigned in September. So far, Tammy Su Schuck, local real estate broker, has applied for the open council position.
A native Oregonian, Schuck has lived all over the state before moving to Creswell in 2014.
She said she is interested in the position because she is drawn to opportunities that allow her to serve other people.
She said she believes that council can make “a huge impact in the livability of the City,” and, when you volunteer to serve your community, “you vote everyday the kind of community you want to live in.”
She has been a member of the Creswell Planning Commission since 2019 and was a member of the Creswell Chamber of Commerce in 2020. She said that experience “will serve me well in contributing ideas and collaborating on future council business.”
Schuck may also be recognized sometimes volunteering at the Cottage Grove Elks Lodge serving dinners on Friday nights, attending services at the Creswell Faith Center, and frequenting local establishments like Dan’s Plants, Creswell Library, Blue Valley Bistro, and The Round-Up.
She said that she enjoys meeting structure, respects the work of staff and council, and will strive to “consider all citizens’ points of view, represent, and positively impact the community.”
The deadline for interested applicants for the open council position will be determined after a mayor is sworn in on Nov. 8.