Councilman Clarence Shaw officially reported for duty in the U.S. Army Reserves Monday and is headed to Washington for a deployment that will last one year, he said.
Shaw but did not know how long he'd be deployed. He said Monday that he is reporting for a one-year deployment in Washington state.
"I'm driving through the beautiful state of Oregon right now," he said by phone.
Shaw's absence will leave the City Council one member short for a year. Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said last week that the council will not be replacing Shaw with a proxy while he is away.
"It will remain his seat during his deployment," Lutz said. "We have chosen as a council to leave that seat open for him."
The for his seat but that is rarely done in instances like this one, according to City Attorney Craig Steele. Shaw will continue to receive his city salary and benefits, Steele said.
The 4-person council will still need three votes to enact ordinances.
Shaw has been deployed once before when he served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 for 15 months.