The League of Oregon Cities’ prestigious Mark O. Hatfield Statesmanship Award was presented to former Nehalem Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven during the LOC’s 90th Annual Conference at the Riverhouse Convention Center.
The award is presented to a deserving “statesman” who has provided lasting benefits to the quality of life for Oregon citizens. Mayor Kalkhoven, who died in March, had been a force in Oregon politics for the past decade, particularly in her work on transportation and emergency preparedness. In awarding the honor, the league said she changed Oregon policies “through her dedication and perseverance, devoting her life unselfishly to the betterment of Oregon.”
Kalkhoven served as president of the League of Oregon Cities in 2009 and the Oregon Mayors Association in 2014. She had been a member of the Northwest Regional Solutions Advisory Council and chairwoman of the Tillamook County Futures Council.
In addition, she served as chairwoman of the Northwest Area Commission on Transportation since 2007, chairwoman of the League of Oregon Cities Water Wastewater Policy Committee, was a member of the League of Oregon Cities Transportation Committee and a member of the board of the Col-Pac Economic Development Commission, representing small cities in Tillamook County.
At the time of her death, she had been mayor of Nehalem for 10 years and previously had served 10 years on the Nehalem City Council. Previous Hatfield Award winners include Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson (2013); U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (2011); former Oregon Senator Brady Adams (2007); former Oregon Senator Cliff Trow (2001), former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt (1997) and former Oregon and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield (1996).