Chamber director elected mayor of Milton

Bill Livick

Brett Frazier, executive director of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected mayor for the City of Milton last week.

Frazier was also re-elected to the Milton Common Council, where he’s served two 2-year terms as an alder. He and the council will determine who to appoint to replace him on the council.
The mayor is a part-time position with an annual salary of $2,200.

Frazier said serving as mayor will not affect his work in Oregon.

“Even before I got elected, I told our (chamber) board that my commitment to the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce and to the village and the members that we work with everyday is not going to change,” he told the Observer Tuesday. “I’ve been joking with people that man cannot live on a $2,200 a year mayoral salary alone. It’s an extraordinarily part-time position.”

Frazier grew up in Milton, a city of 5,546, and graduated from Milton High School in 1999.

He defeated a two-term incumbent mayor, Tom Chesmore, as well as fellow council member Nancy Lader.

Frazier received a total of 387 votes compared to Chesmore’s 331 votes and Lader’s 186 votes, according to an article in the Milton Courier.

As mayor, Frazier will lead council meetings the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

“I’ve been a pretty active member of the council for the four years I’ve been on it,” he said. “It’s just a slightly different role now.”

Frazier began his position with the local chamber of commerce in February 2011. He said he intends to continue his work here for the foreseeable future.

“I plan to be sitting here in this office for several years to come,” he said. “So it’s the same old Brett.”

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