Aurora City Recorder Scott Jorgensen is moving on. He announced at the City Council’s last meeting that he will accept the new post of city administrator in Rainier, Oregon, at the end of the month.
“The nearly two and a half years since then have been truly rewarding,” Jorgensen said in a letter to Mayor Brian Asher and the Aurora City Council. “It’s been an honor to see several projects around town evolve from concepts on paper to reality.”
Among those projects, Jorgensen highlighted the grand opening of Filbert’s Farmhouse Kitchen in December 2018 and the Aurora Historical Society’s new preservation and research center this year.
There is also a remarkable amount of construction activity in progress in the small town, including an expansion at Aurora Mills; a new facility for Portland Electrical Construction Inc. and the Conroy Classics car dealership — both of which have been approved and are expected to break ground shortly; a new drive-up coffee stand, Chug Coffee; and a new residential subdivision, Peyton Circle.
“At least six other commercial, residential and mixed-use projects are also in the works,” Jorgensen wrote. “With your blessing, a disc golf course could be added to the city park.”
Jorgensen praised the work of Aurora city staff, the City Council and the parks committee, particularly “its efforts to improve and enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.”
He said he was moving on primarily for family and financial reasons
“As you know, I have a growing family,” he said. “My stint here in Aurora coincided with some significant life changes, including my marriage in March 2019 and the birth of my daughter last August. The decision to move on was not one that I took lightly, as I absolutely love working here, and was largely financial.”
He said he will always fondly remember his time in Aurora, which began in March 2018.
“Leaving the city in better shape was always extremely important to me, and I feel confident that I have done that,” he said. “I look forward to many visits in the future to watch the town continue its positive growth, and cherish the genuine friendships we’ve developed in this time.”
The city is now accepting applications to replace Jorgensen. The post closes on July 30.