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City recognizes Tavenner's contributions

North Bend City Council-member Karen Tavenner was presented a plaque Dec. 4 at the city's last council meeting of the year in honor of her outstanding service.

"It's been both a pleasure and a pain to serve," Tavenner said. She said she was proud of her record and that city officials have been able to maintain friendships and a working relationship even when disagreeing.

"It was a good experience," she said. The downside was the huge time commitment.

She said she and her family are glad she will be able to spend more time at home. Between raising her 11-year-old daughter, the City Council and her job as a project manager for a custom home builder, she was doing three full-time jobs.

Tavenner first joined the council in June 2003, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy. She was elected in November 2003 to a 4-year term that expires Dec. 31.

Citing the time demands of the position, Tavenner chose not to seek re-election.

She will be replaced on the council by Dee Wayne Williamson, who ran unopposed for the position and will be sworn in at the first meeting of the year.

Tavenner chaired the Public Health and Safety Committee and co-chaired the Transportation and Public Works Committee and represented the city on the board of Eastside Fire and Rescue.

"Karen was very detail oriented, if there were any mistakes it was more likely that she was going to catch them," said Mayor Ken Hearing.

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