Oak Harbor mayor Dudley will present his vision

Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley will give a State of the City address at a special workshop Wednesday in an effort to head off complaints from members of the City Council about his supposed lack of vision.

Dudley has invited the council and the public to a meeting at 6 p.m., Sept. 19 at City Hall. He will be giving a speech, complete with a PowerPoint presentation, but doesn’t expect to take questions or open discussion to the public.

Dudley said he’s grown weary of the council members repeatedly and publicly complaining that he doesn’t have a vision for the city. He claims that he’s talked to council members individually and laid out his vision and plans, but that didn’t stop the bellyaching.

“They’ll have a tougher time after this to state that they don’t know what the vision is,” he said, but he added that they are “probably going to continue saying that, no matter what.”

Dudley said he had looked forward to giving the traditional address to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce in September, but the chamber’s schedule changed in order to accommodate Olympic champion Marti Malloy.

Dudley said he’s optimistic about the direction the city is heading, though he said one of his greatest challenges is dealing with a city council that wants to micromanage city departments.

People who attend the meeting can expect the mayor to speak about how the city works, his plans for the future and his vision. His top priority, he said, is public safety.

“I think it’s going to be extremely helpful for the citizens of Oak Harbor,” he said.

The meeting will be broadcast live online and will be videotaped for channel 10 on TV.


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