There’s a new mayor in Enterprise, but Stacey Karvoski said she doesn’t see a major change in direction for the city.
Karvoski, 50, has been a longtime city councilor, so she has had a hand in recent decisions. And she has been supportive of outgoing mayor Steve Lear. Lear decided not to run for re-election and Karvoski in November defeated three challengers to secure the position.
“I believe in a lot of the things we’ve been doing, and I just want to stay on that path,” Karvoski said.
Still, she wants to make some changes. That includes being more active in statewide and region-wide groups, including the League of Oregon Cities and the Oregon Mayors Association. Karvoski said she wants to improve her relationship with other Eastern Oregon representatives, and look for common ground and share best practices with mayors across the state.
“My goal is to represent Enterprise on that type of scale,” she said. “I think we’ll have a louder voice.”
But Karvoski is plenty busy already, working fulltime at Wallowa Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse.
She has been involved in local politics for decades, and served on Joseph city council from 1992-1994.
“I’ve always been the kind of person to want to be involved,” she said.
She thinks the city is well-positioned to grow and succeed. The recent sewer project is an important piece of infrastructure that can support future development. And updating the personnel policy and catching up on employee evaluations will help the city better serve its residents.
But Karvoski knows a lot of the city’s future rests on the success of the private sector, and the entrepreneurs who operate in Enterprise now and those she hopes will in the future.
“A lot of (our success) is jobs,” she said. “That’s what makes everything else possible.”
Karvoski plans to get councilors more involved in city committees, tapping into each councilor’s passions and directing them to engage with those volunteers.
She said that will make councilors better plugged in, and more knowledgeable about issues that make their way in front of the council, she said.
Tim Trainor is interim editor of the Wallowa County Chieftain.