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By Larry Coonrod
DEPOE BAY—Newport police officers found Depoe Bay City Councilor Skip Hoitink deceased in a Newport apartment early Friday afternoon.
Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said officers went to Hoitink’s apartment to conduct a welfare check at the request of an unidentified person. Miranda said he could not comment on the cause of death because of an ongoing investigation.
Officers turned the results of their death investigation over to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, which is standard procedure in an unattended death investigation. Miranda said the county medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
A spokesperson for the family said officials have not yet given them any details about how Hoitink died.
Hoitink had served on the city council since being appointed in 2010. Depoe Bay citizens handily elected Hoitink to a full four-year term in 2012, giving him 59 percent of the vote against his opponent.
Hoitink filed to run for Depoe Bay mayor in August. His death leaves incumbent Mayor A.J. Mattila as the only other mayor candidate on the ballot.
Hoitink maintained an apartment in Newport as well as a residence in Depoe Bay that he shared with his wife. His dual residence became an issue earlier this year when Mattila publicly disclosed details of Hoitink’s marriage in a bid to oust him from the council, saying he did not qualify as a Depoe Bay resident under the city charter. The county clerk and city attorney disagreed and Hoitink remained in office after a council majority reversed a vote to remove him.
Retired from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Hoitink moved to Depoe Bay in the mid-2000s. In addition to serving on the city council and earlier, the Depoe Bay Parks Commission, Hoitink volunteered his time to many organizations and events.
He often staffed the desk at the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, worked as a “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteer with the State Parks Department and was involved extensively with the city’s annual wooden boat show and crab feed. He was an integral part of the Depoe Bay Indian Style Salmon Bake and was an enthusiastic participant in the Depoe Bay Salmon Commissions yearly fin clipping of 20,000 juvenile coho salmon.
Under Depoe Bay’s city charter, the council will appoint a replacement by majority vote to serve out the remaining two years of Hoitink’s council term.
Contact reporter Larry Coonrod by emailing email@example.com.