Eagle Point Mayor Leon Sherman was awarded the Oregon Small City Mayor’s Leadership Award of Merit at the recent meeting of Oregon Mayors. The merit award is not just for what the individual has done as mayor but what the mayor has done for the entire community as mayor and as a citizen.
Sherman is completing his third term as mayor and is in his 43rd year of continuous community service not just in Eagle Point but in southern Oregon.
“Known as one of the city’s most public spirited citizens, this mayor has donated extensive time and effort in bringing people together, and partnering groups together to strengthen the focus to reach a common goal,” said Harold White, Aumsville Mayor and a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Mayor’s Association, as he presented the award.
“An expert at running a meeting, this mayor keeps in mind that every member of the community has a voice and should be heard,” continued White.
Sherman spent 21 years with the Eagle Point Police Department, 17 ½ of those years were as chief of police. He retired in 1998. Sherman is not a short-timer when it comes to public service. He has been connected with the Medford Jazz Jubilee for 18 years during which time he has certainly been a part of its growth. He has served as equipment and sound manager, board member, vice-president and president. He has been associated with the Eagle Point Community Association for 30 years and has served as its president and vice-president and has been extremely involved in all of the association’s activities.
Sherman can count at least another half dozen community and/or state organization involvements.
Sherman served four years as a councilman before being inaugurated as mayor in January 2003. Since beginning his service to the city he has seen Eagle Point’s population almost double. Major improvements in infra-structure, in the city’s involvement with various organizations such as So. Ore. Metro Planning, Regional Problem Solving, So. Oregon Regional Communications, among others, have occurred under Sherman’s leadership. More recently has come considerable commercial development.
Eagle Point City Administrator Dave Hussell said, “…his understanding of his role as mayor, as well as that of the entire city council, in creating a ‘team’ of policy makers, advisory commission and city staff, is unparalleled.”
“As a result of the ongoing ‘collaborative’ leadership philosophy perpetuated by this mayor, the city continues to set a standard for other cities in Oregon,” said White as he announced Sherman as the 2008 Merit Award winner for a small city.
Ken Tombs, mayor of Lebanon, received the big city merit award.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent