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Mayor's Corner: City Manager Changes

From Mayor Teri Lenahan

Hello, North Plains. City Manager Andy Varner moved to a new career opportunity in late May, and we would like to sincerely thank him for his seven exceptional years of service to this community. We also extend a warm welcome to Interim City Manager Rob Drake who will help us continue moving forward while we conduct a nationwide search for a new city manager.  

Andy Varner City ManagerAndy became North Plains’ City Manager in February 2018. He’s seen us through significant accomplishments and challenges, including adding welcomed new residents and businesses, creating a solid Downtown Improvement Plan, establishing a partnership with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for police services, weathering the COVID-19 pandemic, improving City services, roads and sidewalks to meet growing needs, expanding community gathering spaces and events, and…so much more. I know North Plains holds a special place in Andy’s heart and that he will continue to cheer this community on from his new post as the Community Development Director for the City of Beaverton. Thank you, Andy, for everything you’ve done to help North Plains be a welcoming, safe, and thriving community. 

Rob Drake Interim City ManagerInterim City Manager Rob Drake joined us in late May and brings decades of experience in similar roles. He’s familiar with small-town management, including opportunities and challenges. He is also familiar with the people and partners we work with, as he most recently served as the City Manager of Cornelius, Oregon for more than a decade. He has also served as Mayor of the City of Beaverton, and as Interim City Manager in small Oregon towns such as Tillamook and Carlton. Rob will provide us with steady leadership through late 2024, unless a new City Manager is appointed sooner.

The North Plains community is no stranger to change. We welcome the opportunity new leadership and perspectives bring as we continue to honor our history, connect to our small-town charm, and embrace progress and improvement.

~ Mayor Teri