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Julie Manning, Corvallis Mayor
Any Corvallis resident can serve as Mayor. After all, the
Corvallis City Charter makes it simple: “Every fourth year…, a Mayor shall be
elected.” And it lists five duties, such as to appoint committees, to run
council meetings and to sign (or veto) ordinances passed by the city council.
But the Mayor is also a talent recruiter, a representative of the city, a
listening ear for citizens and a voice in community gatherings.
At the December 8 Corvallis City Club meeting, outgoing
Mayor Julie Manning will share her views about the job she has held for the
last four years. In an interview with Gazette-Times Editor Mike McInally, she
will address issues such as:
  • The most interesting and rewarding parts of the
  • The biggest surprises and toughest issues
  • Balancing the Mayor role with her “day job”
  • Advice for anyone considering a role as a city
    volunteer or an elected representative
Prior to her election as Mayor in 2010, she served eight
years on the Corvallis Budget Commission and chaired the city’s 2020 Vision
Committee. She was a high school and college instructor in journalism and mass
media, a daily newspaper reporter, and assistant press secretary to former
Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh. She continues to hold the position of vice
president for development, marketing, and public relations for Samaritan Health
Services, a regional health system based in Corvallis.

Manning is an active community volunteer. She has served
organizations from the Corvallis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club
of Greater Corvallis to the United Way of Benton County and E3: Employers for
Education Excellence, the education arm of the Oregon Business Council.
The meeting is open to the public. City Club meets in
the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle. The meeting
will begin at 12 noon, and doors will open at 11:30. As always, attendance is
free. Lunch catered by Cafe Yumm is $10 for members, $12 for
non-members. Registration is necessary only if you are having lunch. Send e-mail to, with
“City Club December 8” in the subject line, by December 4.

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