Propes honored by state

SALEM -- Both chambers of the Oregon Legislature honored Polk County Commissioner Mike Propes with the passage of a resolution recognizing his work during the nearly six terms he served Polk County.

SALEM -- Both chambers of the Oregon Legislature honored Polk County Commissioner Mike Propes with the passage of a resolution recognizing his work during the nearly six terms he served Polk County.

Propes died March 19.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 noted Propes' work on forestry and county timber payment issues and his efforts to improve roads, highways and the county's jail facility.

The resolution noted the boards and committees he served on as well as the many awards he was given for his decades of service.

Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler attended the House vote on the resolution. Members of Propes' family, friends and colleagues also were in attendance.

"I thought it was wonderful," Wheeler said of the recognition. "He was a real champion when it came to the citizens he cared about."

The Senate voted on the resolution on May 23, and the House on June 8.

"We, the members of the 76th Legislative Assembly, express our gratitude for the selfless service of Mike Propes as a Polk County Commissioner, and on behalf of all Oregonians we thank him and remember the profound work Mike Propes did for citizens across this state," the resolution read.

Following the unanimous vote, the House gave Propes a rare round of applause.

"I was touched," Wheeler said. "They paid great respect to him and I was glad to be able to be there."

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