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Police Chief Kevin Martin: new Interim City Administrator by default!

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By GARY CARL/for The Herald  —  Kevin Martin is the Oakridge City Police Chief, and that’s just fine with him. However, with the City Council’s abrupt termination of Interim City Administrator, Kevin Cronin, Chief Martin is wearing another hat.  Chief Martin is the newly appointed Oakridge interim city administrator.

The new interim’s priority?

I sat down with Chief Martin to discuss the current situation and his plans to carry on and go forward.  “I just want to deal with the budget process”, Kevin told me.  Given the dire situation of our city’s finances, that will be a tall order.

Our expectation is that he will carefully study the current budget that has recently been proposed by outgoing interim city administrator Kevin Cronin. Mr. Cronin developed a proposed budget in collaboration with Colleen Shirley, Oakridge City Finance Director. Others who have specific knowledge of our city’s finances were also involved.

Martin’s not new to the job

Chief Martin said his new role as city administrator is a bit overwhelming. However, he has handled the city administrator pro tempore job before, and he’ll work through it again this time.

He’ll be responsible for making sure the city’s employees get paid and the city continues running on an even keel. This will be a full-time job in addition to dealing with the budget, Kevin has been involved with other cities’ management for over 27 years.  Still, he said he was looking forward to once again being the Police Chief… only!

Gary Carl is a retired judge of the Lane County Justice Court. He currently lives with his partner, Lynda Kamerrer & their cat, Lucy. gary can be reached at [email protected] Gary Carl photo
Oakridge Police Chief Kevin Martin, will be the interim city administrator until a replacement can be found. Gary Carl photo


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