The Metro Council today selected former Gov. Barbara Roberts, 74, to replace resigned councilor Robert Liberty, ending a whirlwind process. She does not plan to seek election next year to a full term (Bob Stacey, who withdrew from consideration for appointment to this seat, already has said he will run in next year's election.)
Updated at 4:06 pm: In the first round of voting, Metro Council President Tom Hughes cast the only "no," vote for Roberts, voting instead for former lawmaker and trade union leader Bob Shiprack. That was a safe vote for Hughes, because Roberts had a solid majority going into the process. Saying "no" to Roberts in that situation was savvy tactical move on Hughes' part: Hughes, the former Hillsboro mayor who is a bit of an outsider at Metro, can maintain his independence. And, he can now tell Shiprack's union supporters that he wanted Shiprack all along but got outvoted. Councilor Carl Hosticka then moved for a unanimous vote and Hughes supported Roberts on the second round.
Here's the statement from Metro:
Today the Metro Council appointed former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts to serve as Metro Councilor for District 6, filling the vacancy left by the Jan. 15 resignation of Robert Liberty.
Roberts served as Governor from 1991 to 1995 and as Oregon Secretary of State from 1985 to 1991. She also served in the Oregon House of Representatives, as a Multnomah County Commissioner, and on the Parkrose School Board. Since leaving public office, she has served in leadership positions at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and in the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government.
The Metro Council solicited applications for the vacant position through Feb. 9. Eight people applied for this position, though two applicants, Martha Dibblee and Bob Stacey, withdrew their applications this week.
Roberts and the other five applicants were interviewed by the Metro Council Wednesday night in a public meeting in East Portland. Members of the public also took the opportunity to speak on behalf of individual applicants and discuss the appointment process."