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Oakridge top cop hired to run city

City councilors pick Police Chief Louis Gomez to become the city administrator

By Christian Wihtol

The Register-Guard

OAKRIDGE — Louis Gomez has made the move from police chief to city administrator — after some rivals dropped out of the race.

The City Council on Tuesday announced that it has picked Gomez — acting administrator for three months, and police chief before that — for the permanent top spot in city government.

Gomez succeeds the embattled and controversial Gordon Zimmerman, who resigned late last year after a lengthy fight over revelations that the city had spent more than it was taking in for more than two years, draining its $1.2 million cash reserves in the process. The result was layoffs of city employees, loans taken out against future property tax revenues and unhappy residents as the city struggled to pay its bills.

Mayor Gerald Shorey said Gomez’s priorities will be straightening out the municipal budget and creating a long-term plan, including an economic development strategy, for the city.

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