LA GRANDE, OR - La Grande Mayor Daniel Pokorney says he will not seek re-election next year. Pokorney says periodic turnover gives voters "a real choice of leaders."
He says he's announcing his decision now to give potential candidates more time to consider joining the race.
Pokorney is now in his third year as mayor.
He previously spent four years as a councilman and eight years on the local school board.
According to the city's website, the mayor and six city councilors are elected by the voters of La Grande. The Mayor position becomes vacant every general election year.
The mayor is the presiding officer of the council and represents the City at a variety of meetings, conferences, and ceremonial events.
The Council is empowered by the La Grande city charter as the policy-making body of the City, adopting policies and legislation which will affect the City's growth and quality of life in the long-term and the efficient, cost-effective delivery of daily services in the short-term.
Boards, commissions and committees are appointed by the City Council to help advise and provide technical expertise to Council members and proceedings.