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Posted on: July 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Milliman Resigns from Transportation Posts

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Brookings City Manager Emeritus Gary Milliman has resigned as the City’s representative on both the South West Area Commission on Transportation (SWACT) and the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority (BCRAA).

“It has been a pleasure to continue to serve the Brookings community on these two transportation boards since my retirement as City Manager three years ago,” Milliman said.  

Milliman has been named Interim City Manager for the City of Ashland effective August 2 and will be unable to attend SWACT and BCRAA Board meetings during the course of his interim assignment, which will likely last into 2022.  He will continue to serve as Brookings Municipal Court Judge during this period.

Milliman served on the SWACT for almost 14 years and was named Chair in 2016.  

“On behalf of ODOT and SWACT, thank you so much for the exemplary service and leadership you provided over these last 13.5 years,” said ODOT South West Area Manager Chris Hunter.  “You will be truly missed and welcomed back anytime.”

Milliman was also serving as Vice Chair of the BCRAA Board of Directors, the first Board officer from Oregon.  Milliman was among the framers of the joint powers agreement which expanded the BCRAA jurisdiction to include Brookings, Curry County and the Tolowa Dee’ni Nation.  He has served on the BCRAA Board as either an alternate or voting member for eight years.

During his tenure on the Board, BCRAA has experienced a number of significant achievements including:

  • Sustaining regular commercial air service to the Del Norte County Regional Airport, and securing millions of dollars in federal funding to support this service.
  • Expanding utilization of air service to near capacity.
  • Securing funding for and constructing a state-of-the-art air passenger terminal.
  • Securing millions of dollars in federal funding for runway safety improvements.
  • Overcome major obstacles to secure permitting through the California Coastal Commission for airport improvements.
  • Secured the first-ever grant funding for an out-of-state airport from Oregon.


“BCRAA is a well-functioning organization that continues to advance the improvement of air passenger service to the southern Oregon/northern California region,” Milliman said.

During his service on the SWACT, the City received grant funding approval for three major projects, including Railroad Street reconstruction, the Harris Beach bike/pedestrian path, and the installation of sidewalks along Chetco Avenue from Dollar General to Parkview Drive…a project set to begin construction in 2022.

Brookings City Manager Janell Howard will succeed Milliman in serving on the SWACT board and Councilor Ed Schreiber will serve on the BCRAA Board, with Howard as the alternate member.

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