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Strasser, Van Atta appointed to Mill City council

The Mill City City Council has two new members with histories of active engagement in civic affairs.

On Nov. 14, councilors Misty Strasser and Mike Van Atta were sworn into the positions recently vacated by former councilors Jason Saari and Brett Katlong.

Misty Strasser
Misty Strasser

Saari resigned Aug. 30 after moving out of Mill City, and Katlong resigned Oct. 24 to focus more on his growing business. Strasser will serve the remainder of Saari’s term through 2026, and Van Atta will serve the remainder of Katlong’s term through 2024.

Strasser and Van Atta, who are both new to public office, were appointed by Mayor Tim Kirsch and Tuesday night the council ratified his appointments. Kirsch attended the swearing in of the new councilors remotely then had to excuse himself from the meeting to be with family following the death that morning of his mother.

Strasser has lived in the Santiam Canyon for five years and works as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She has served on the Mill City Bridge Committee and, as a former Coast Guard Petty Officer, was a grand marshal in this year’s Fourth of July Parade.

Mike Van Atta
Mike Van Atta

Strasser has attended council meetings regularly for the last year as a citizen and told The Canyon Weekly, when a seat became open, she felt ready to throw her hat in the ring.

“I’m excited to serve the community,” she said.

Van Atta has lived in Mill City for around two years, and he and his wife Becky own Vanco Contracting as well as the MBVA Building in Lebanon. They also helped found the Enliven Foundation, based in Albany, which provides support for parents to lead their families out of generational poverty.

Mike Van Atta told The Canyon Weekly he sought a seat on the council because he and his wife like to engage with their community.

“It’s hard for us to be in a place and not be involved,” he said.

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