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Springfield Swears-in New City Councilor


For the first time since August of 2020, Springfield has a full city council and mayor.

On Monday night, interim city councilor Damien Pitts was sworn in during a Zoom special session.

“I, Damien Pitts, do solemnly affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State and that I will, to the best of my ability, faithfully perform the duties of City Councilor, of the City of Springfield, Oregon, during my continuance therein.”

Pitts was selected by the council last week in a unanimous vote to serve as Ward 1 councilor, replacing Sean Van Gordon, who is now the Mayor of Springfield. Van Gordon was appointed to the post last month. The former mayor, Christine Lundberg, stepped down in August.

Pitts is the 2nd Black person to serve on the council since Jesse Maine was elected in the 1980s

Pitts is an Academic Advisor at the University of Oregon Lundquist School Of Business. 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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