New Oakley Council member
Born and raised in Oakley, City Council newcomer Lorrie Hoggan is not new to Oakley’s interests and issues.
"Right now our main focus is the Fourth of July celebration," she said. "We have some big issues there, including starting a building over there that we are hoping to have done by the Fourth."
Hoggan said growth is another concern for Oakley.
"We need to control it so we have enough infrastructure for the growth that is coming in," she said. "I know it’s going to grow, but I want to see positive growth in the city."
A paralegal for a Park City development company, Hoggan said she brings her leadership skills to the panel.
"And I really enjoy Oakley," she added.
Hoggan ran for a spot on the City Council four years ago and lost. She then was appointed to the Oakley Planning Commission for two years.
In November, then-City Councilmember Les England announced he was leaving the City Council in December to serve an 18-month humanitarian mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mongolia.
Because he left mid term, the City Council took applications to fill his seat until the November 2013 municipal election, when residents will vote for a City Council to serve the term’s remaining two years.
Hoggan was recently chosen by the City Council from a field of three applicants.
"They were all good people, but we thought she would do a good job and be a good fit," Councilmember Ron Bower said.
Attending meetings and serving on the City Council is just as she expected, though the decisions she votes on as a City Councilor rather than a Planning Commissioner are very different, she said.
"We’ve had a couple of meetings about the Fourth of July celebration and we’ve had a plat from the Planning Commission to approve," she explained.
Hoggan said she isn’t yet sure if she will run in the 2013 election.
"I believe I will, but you never know what’s coming down the road," she said.
Not only does Hoggan serve the community through the City Council, she is also in charge of the Oakley classic car show in September. She also enjoys playing softball in the summer and bowling in the winter.
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