City Administrator Resigns

Melissa BowersJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The city administrator of Junction City informed the city council Tuesday night that she is stepping down.

This is yet another shakeup in leadership in Junction City.

The resignation comes as the city continues its investigation into the police chief who has been on an administrative leave for months now.

City Administrator Melissa Bowers has gone on record with us before, saying Chief Mark Chase is on leave for non-disciplinary reasons. The city is looking into allegations made by police department staff.

While there’s no timeline on when or if Chase is coming back, Bowers assured us her resignation has nothing to do with the police department investigation, but family health concerns.

“I was very open with council starting in August of this year that I had some family issues going on, and they worked with me on a modified schedule, but I still need to make family a priority,” Bowers said.

Bowers’ last day on the job is in February.

The city started the process of looking for her replacement at Tuesday night’s meeting. During the meeting, the mayor says there are no talks of the chief being punished.

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