Coos Bay City Council President Jon Eck resigned Tuesday to take a job with the city's public works department.
'Really, it's another way to work and hopefully better the city, but just from a different point of view," said Eck, who will start as public works superintendent June 1.
Tuesday was Eck's last council meeting after serving nine years, four of those as president. He said he will continue to be a volunteer firefighter for the city.
In his new role, Eck will serve as the front-line supervisor for activities in parks, streets and vehicle maintenance, City Manager Rodger Craddock said.
The job isn't the first Eck has applied for within the city, Craddock said, but this is the first for which he's been best suited.
Eck said his background in construction, electrical contracting, machine work, metal-shop work and project management make the job appealing.
His background from time on the council will be helpful, too.
'I understand the budget constraints the city faces. I understand the need for the projects," he said.
'We have to prioritize and try to assess what we can do and what's the most important things to do for the city."
Councilors will have to find a replacement for Eck, whose term won't expire until 2012.
In the past, councilors have taken the runner-up from the last certified election, accepted applications and made appointments, Craddock said.
More information will be presented to the council at its June 7 meeting.
Whoever is appointed will serve until the next election in November.
Eck said he leaves the council in good shape, with projects like wastewater plant upgrades progressing and other projects like a new fire station and visitors center completed.
'I feel real confident that that team is going to be able to move us forward and provide the services that citizens expect," he said, adding it's been an honor to serve on the council.
'I hope I left the city better than it was when I came on board."
Reporter Alice Campbell can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or at email@example.com.