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City Council Roundup: New Fees, New Jobs 

Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore explains the role of city staff in the planning of OSU-Cascades.
  • Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore explains the role of city staff in the planning of OSU-Cascades.

The City of Bend is slowly, but surely, rebuilding its staff following the recession of 2008. Last night's City Council meeting provided a considerable boost to those efforts with the unanimous approval of nearly 21 additional full-time staff positions, a 4 percent increase.

Among the departments getting a boost are law enforcement, street operations, the sewer extra strength program, and planning. In discussion of the allocation of the new positions, some councilors raised concerns about whether these jobs would support the needs presented by the new Oregon State University Cascades campus.

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Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
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