John Ross Ferrara / Wednesday, April 14 @ 11:55 a.m. / Local Government
Brookings Mayor Jake Pieper Resigns
City of Brookings press release:
Jake Pieper resigned from his position as Mayor of the City of Brookings, on April 13, 2021, after nearly 13 years of public service to our City.
Pieper was appointed June 9, 2008, to the Brookings City Council at the age of 25, the youngest City Councilor in Brookings history. After his initial appointment he was elected to his council position in 2010, and re-elected in 2014.
He was appointed Council President in 2012, and reappointed in 2013 and 2014. He was elected as Mayor in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 and 2020. During this time, he served as chair of the Brookings Urban Renewal Agency.
While serving as a City Councilor and Mayor for the City of Brookings, Pieper also served on the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority, Curry County Recycling Board, the Household Hazardous Waste Management Steering Committee, and Urban Renewal Advisory Commission. As Mayor, he was the Chair of the Budget Committee for both the City and Urban Renewal Agency.
Many projects, improvements, and other accomplishments have been completed during Pieper's tenure, in which he was an integral part. Some of the most significant were:
- The completion of Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Master Plans which have resulted in many large infrastructure overhaul projects.
- Two parks master plans (2011 and 2019) and the implementation of over fifty projects identified in the 2011 parks master plan including the redevelopment of Easy Manor Park and the Azalea Park Ball Field Reconfiguration Project.
- The implementation of the local fuel tax used to fund street improvements identified in the pavement management plan.
- Contract Services for Water and Wastewater Treatment
- Railroad Street Improvement Project
- Downtown Street Improvements, streetscape and undergrounding of utilities
- Stabilization of Water and Wastewater rates
- Acquisition of the Brookings Airport
- City Hall Siesmic Retrofit
- Relocation of the SW Oregon Community College
- Building of the Emergency Operations Center
- Airport Water Tank
- Salmon Run Golf Course Management
- Building of the Capella
- Chetco Point Park Trail Improvements
- Emergency Room Facility
- Downtown Fayade Improvement
- Airport Fire Training Facility
- Reinstatement of the School Resource Officer position
- Creation of a Community Resource Officer position
- Azalea Park Basketball Courts
- Stout Park & Chetco Point Dog Parks
- Assisted the City thru complexity of COVID 19
The City would like to thank Jake Pieper and acknowledge all of his contributions to the City of Brookings over the last 13 years. He has always had the best interest of our community at heart. He has been a great and dedicated Mayor and Councilor throughout his time on the City Council and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He will be greatly missed.