I’m pleased to announce that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission rejected the conclusion of the investigated report and dismissed all charges against the City Council pertaining to allegations that they improperly excluded a member of the media from an Executive Session.


A Big Thank You and Hello:

First and foremost, I would like to personally thank the community of Lincoln City for selecting me as your incoming Director of Planning and Community Development, I am very excited to work the next couple months with retiring Director Richard Townsend to get up to date on current legislation, planning programs, and ongoing development projects.

I come to Lincoln City from my hometown of Gig Harbor, Washington. I earned my Bachelors in Urban Studies from the University of Washington – Tacoma and I am currently completing my Executive Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington – Evans School.  My education and 11+ years of Land Use Planning prepared me for my civil servant roles. I am very excited to bring this experience and education to assist Lincoln City in meeting your goals, vision, and needs.

I strongly value customer service, at any time should you have any questions or concerns regarding land use, or desire to provide your input on projects – do not hesitate to reach out to me. I can be reached at or via telephone at (541)996-1228.

City Says Goodbye to Familiar Faces

The City of Lincoln City’s Senior Planner, Debra Martzhan Nicholson and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Nicholson have officially retired.

Debra served our community for almost 10 years, guiding influential projects all while establishing and maintaining essential relationships throughout the City.  Her knowledge of the City and dedication to improving our City will be missed.

Mark previously served as the City’s Finance Director for 5 years.  He retired from the City as the Emergency Operations Coordinator for the past 5 years.  Mark developed and lead the City’s emergency management program in all phases, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  His commitment to educating and preparing our community will certainly be missed.

We are truly grateful for the role that both Debra and Mark took on in the City.  They will always be remembered for their accomplishments. Thank you for all the years of hard work and dedication to our team, and congrats on retirement. Enjoy the next chapter!