The Redmond City Council accepted the mayor’s appointment of Jon Bullock to fill the seat that has been vacant since August.

Bullock, executive director at Redmond Proficiency Academy, one of the largest and most successful charter schools in Oregon, will take the place of Anne Graham, who resigned in August. He was sworn in at the start of the council’s Tuesday meeting and remained for council business.

Of the nine applicants for the seat, six were interviewed and it was “very clear” Bullock stood out, Mayor George Endicott said.

“He is quite bright, very thoughtful and deliberate,” Endicott said. “Even (at his first meeting) he was asking some very good questions. Obviously he’s thorough and he studied the packet because he knew what was coming.”

Bullock’s first city council meeting was an affirming experience for why he decided to apply in the first place, he said. Bringing no personal agenda to the council, the goal is to listen to a variety of issues from city staff and citizens of Redmond alike, he said.

“I loved every minute of my first council meeting,” he said. “It was even better than I expected. I was reminded that these are issues that are deep in the hearts of people and its important to listen to them. It was hard to stop smiling at what a great place this is and the opportunity I have.”

Bullock earned his degree in liberal arts from Oregon State University in 1993 before pursuing his masters in education at Willamette University. In 2005, Bullock earned his doctorate in learning assessment and system performance from the University of Oregon.

A resident of Redmond for 13 years, Bullock spent five years at Redmond High School, eventually taking on the challenge of opening RPA in 2012. His experience in education has given him a unique perspective into how people in the community view their community, he said.

“My hope is to take my lessons learned in public education and apply that knowledge to issues facing the city,” Bullock said. “I have a great affinity for how organizations work and leading complex organizations. I have an understanding that it requires an entire team effort and I enjoy listening to people to help discern the best way to solve the issues at hand.”

The new councilman will also bring his knowledge of public meetings, finances and the limitations of government budgets to the council, he said.

“I love this place. I’m honored that I was selected to have the opportunity to serve,” he said. “I have no agenda other than to provide the best guidance and decision-making I can with the many decisions we face on the council.”

Graham resigned Aug. 14, citing disagreements with the council and Endicott, rather than the findings of an investigation that concluded she had violated two different ethics clauses during her time on the council.

Graham’s four-year term ended just shy of the three-year mark. Bullock’s appointment will end Dec. 31, 2018.

— Reporter: 541-617-7829, acolosky@bendbulletin.com

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