On July 9, 2019, Dean Sawyer, mayor of Newport, was involved in an unfortunate crash landing of his airplane. This matter was investigated by the FAA, and their report was inconclusive as to what caused the crash.
Now, some political foes of the mayor want to use this incident as a means to remove Mayor Sawyer from office. But this unfortunate accident doesn’t have anything to do with the performance of his mayoral duties. City Council President CM Hall said, “I can’t think of any reason at all why this would affect his ability to perform his duty as mayor. My heart breaks for everyone involved. No one wanted anyone to get hurt.”
Dean Sawyer was first elected mayor in 2018 and was re-elected in November 2020. He is dedicated to serving the people of Newport and has worked hard on projects to benefit the city of Newport. Recently, he worked with State Rep. David Gomberg to obtain $14 million from the Oregon Legislature for the replacement of the Big Creek Dam. He is continuing to work on downtown development, which was a major motive in his original run for mayor. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Sawyer has spent hundreds of hours of his time to help local businesses.
So rather than trying to recall Mayor Sawyer, we should be supporting him as he continues to work with the city council to make Newport a better, safer place for everyone.