Cannon Beach city attorney steps down

Tammy Herdener

Cannon Beach City Attorney Tammy Herdener has announced her resignation, citing her desire for a career change and to spend more time with family.

Herdener, who has worked for the city since 2007, will be leaving this July to invest more time as a professor at American Public University, a job she has held with the online institution since 2003.

Living in Portland, Herdener also said balancing commutes to Cannon Beach with family time was getting more difficult. “This is a part of a larger career change I’ve wanted to do,” Herdener said. “I want to focus more on my students and my family.”

During her time in Cannon Beach, Herdener oversaw transitions between three city managers, helped navigate local marijuana ordinance changes after legalization and played an integral role in the purchase of the 800-acre Ecola Creek Forest Reserve.

Herdener said she is grateful for her time in Cannon Beach, and looks fondly upon her memories with numerous city councilors and staff.

“This job has been interesting and challenging. I’m leaving only on the most positive of terms and feelings,” she said.

The city has posted the job opening and hopes to hire a new attorney by the end of June.

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