Longtime Camas city councilor announces resignation

Greg Anderson remain through Dec. 30; plans to spend more time with family, travel, volunteer

The Camas City Council’s longest-serving member resigned unexpectedly this week.

Councilman Greg Anderson delivered the news during the Council’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 5.

Anderson said that when he first applied to be a Camas City Council member in 1997, he thought he might serve “for a few years.”

Now, a quarter of a century later, Anderson said it’s time for him to explore other avenues.

“I’ve reached a fork in the road … and it’s time for me to move forward in my life,” Anderson said Monday, adding that he intends to remain on the Council through Dec. 30, one year shy of the end of his current Council term.

Appointed to the Council in February 1997, Anderson proved popular with voters, who continued to support him through seven elections — including a November 2019 general election that saw Camas voters rebel against the city’s proposal to build a multimillion aquatics-community center, ousted another city councilor and replaced the city’s mayor with an unknown write-in candidate.

Anderson said he hopes to spend more time with family, travel and devote his time to volunteer efforts in the coming years.

The councilman said he planned to make “additional comments” during the Council’s Dec. 19 meetings.

Camas Mayor Steve Hogan, who served with Anderson through much of the councilman’s tenure, expressed his appreciation for Anderson during the Council’s meeting Monday night.

“Thank you for the 25 years of service and, especially, for being a wise consultant for me in the 17 years I’ve been here,” Hogan said.