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City Club of Eugene: Get To Know Eugene's New City Councilors

Program Date: Jan. 22, 2021

Air Date: Jan. 25, 2021


From the City Club of Eugene:

Newly elected Eugene City Councilors Randy Groves and Matt Keating will describe what they hope to accomplish as new members of the Council. 

Keating is replacing Betty Taylor, longest serving City Councilor, who retired after 24 years representing Ward 2. Ward 2 includes the southern tip of the city, starting at Chambers and running east, generally south of 28th Ave.

Groves will occupy the Ward 8 position formerly held by Chris Pryor, who retired after many years of service on the Council.  Ward 8 covers the southwest corner of the city, roughly east of Green Hill and south of Royal.

The City Council, Eugene’s legislative body, has eight members and is responsible for passing laws, setting community goals, adopting policy and deciding which services the City will provide. Councilors are elected on a nonpartisan ballot for four-year terms. One councilor is elected from each of eight wards, with one-half of the council elected every two years. 


Randy Groves recently retired as Fire Chief and Executive Director of Eugene/Springfield Fire, having overseen the merging of the two cities’ fire departments in 2014. His community leadership experience includes service on the Eugene Budget Committee, the Wildfire Preparedness Coalition, Active Bethel Citizens and Churchill Area Neighborhood Associations. He was also a board member and coach in local Babe Ruth Baseball organizations. His Council committee assignments include Budget, Human Rights, Metropolitan Policy, and Lane Council of Governments.

Matt Keating is an 8-year veteran on the boards of Lane Community College and the KLCC Public Radio Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Eugene Public Library Foundation and the Lane Council of Governments and as a member of Very Little Theater. He is active in the leadership of the state and national Democratic Party organizations. Keating’s Council assignments are on the Budget Committee, the Human Services Commission, the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. His professional experience includes work as a radio broadcast announcer and an account executive.

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