Administrator's Blog

Budgeting Made Simple

Putting out the budget each year is a long process that takes the City anywhere from six to seven months. The end result is a 250-plus page document that indicates where every penny of a roughly $44.1 million budget will come from and how it will be used. When you add in fund contingencies and beginning fund balances, overall budget is closer to $75.7 million.

Budgeting Process Explained

Woodburn’s City budget process is an important annual undertaking that, while not always the most interesting or attention grabbing issue involving the City, is still of critical importance to the community.

Municipal Court Judge Janice Zyrynoff to Retire

After 34 years, Woodburn Municipal Court Judge Janice Zyrynoff is retiring. She started as a judge in March of 1981 here in Woodburn and retiring is bittersweet.

"This was my first judge job," she said. "Woodburn is special to me."

While retiring in Woodburn, Judge Zyrynoff will continue to work for Marion County. She has three years left on her term as Justice of the Peace.

City Selects Jim Ferraris as its Next Chief of Police

The City of Woodburn is excited to announce it has chosen Jim Ferraris as its next Chief of Police after a long and extensive process.

Jim has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, including nearly 28 years with the Portland Police Bureau. For the past four and a half years he has served as the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Salem.

City Administrator’s Annual Blog Discussing: The City’s New Fiscal Year


July 1 was the start of the City’s new fiscal year. Often, with the start of the new budget year, I get questions about the City’s money, where it goes and why can’t we “just fix” certain things. In the past, I have covered how the budget works, the role of the City Council and Citizen Budget Committee, and how dedicated funds and Woodburn’s General Fund works.

Councilors Cox, McCallum Will Be Missed

On Monday we said goodbye to a pair of long-running Woodburn City Councilors, Pete McCallum and Jim Cox. Together, they have 25 years of experience on the council, and that will be missed. Councilor McCallum has been on the council since he was appointed in 2001 and has been Council President since 2008. Councilor Cox was first elected in 2002.

Tis The Season For Giving

One of the best things about living and working in Woodburn is the people. During the Christmas season I see a community come together. Love Santa helps over 500 individuals with food and toys. Yesterday, Webb Chiropractic held its annual food and toy drive, which they have been doing for over two decades and all of the donations benefit Love Santa. The Webb family hosts the event, but it wouldn’t be much of an event if it wasn’t for their patients, who receive a “free” adjustment with a donation.

Iconic Dinosaur Tree Moved To High School

The dinosaur tree that formerly sat in front of the old Columbia Bank building has found a permanent home. Woodburn High School teacher Dave Ellingson took possession of the tree, which had community members worried it was going to be thrown away, and planted it in front of the high school, visible from either direction of Highway 214.

Library Migrates to New Software December 8

On Dec. 8, the Woodburn Public Library will begin a week-long migration to a new library software system, along with the other members of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS). The new system will offer some exciting new capabilities, including:


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