The city of Pendleton pulled their new city planner out of retirement to replace their previous planner, who is retiring.
City planner George Cress introduced himself to the council at a meeting Tuesday, giving members a brief personal history.
Cress said this actually marked a return to Pendleton having already worked as a land use manager and economic development director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
He moved from Pendleton several years ago and became the director of light and power for Forest Grove.
Cress returned to Pendleton 10 months ago, but he said he was excited to begin a new job in a city that’s changed a lot since he left.
This wasn’t the first time Cress has talked before the council. In October, Cress spoke in favor of a park smoking ban that was ultimately approved by the council.
Cress will replace George Clough, who held the city planner position since 2016.