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Oakridge Mayor Jim Coey steps down

Two Oakridge residents who sit on the city's planning commission began gathering signatures earlier this year to recall Coey.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 4:15 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Oakridge Mayor Jim Coey resigned from office late last week amid a recall effort.

In an interview with KEZI 9 News, Coey said he was being harassed by community members because he was trying to “make a difference.”

Two Oakridge residents who sit on the city's planning commission began gathering signatures earlier this year to recall Coey. They said he had held a private meeting with two other councilors to ask City Administrator Louis Gomez to resign, potentially in violation of Oregon's public meetings law for elected officials.

Coey said the recall effort that was underway against him when he stepped down would not have been successful. His term would have expired at the end of the year.

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