Royce Pollard

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Royce Pollard
Royce Pollard, 2008 Relay For Life Of West Clark County.jpg
Pollard at the 2008 Relay for Life in Vancouver
56th Mayor of Vancouver, Washington
In office
1996–2009
Preceded by Bruce Hagensen
Succeeded by Tim Leavitt
Personal details
Born 1939 (age 74–75)
Burlington, Vermont

Royce Pollard (b. 1939[1]) was the six-term mayor of Vancouver, Washington, the fourth largest city in Washington state. After a career as a U.S. Army officer ending in the late 1980s, he served a seven-year stint on the City Council. He was first elected mayor in the mid-1990s, and stepped down as mayor in January 2010, after losing a reelection race to Tim Leavitt.

Early history[edit]

A native of Burlington, Vermont, Pollard served in the U.S. Army beginning in 1961, including deployment during the Vietnam War; he is a member of the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America. His final post was as Commander of the Vancouver Barracks, from which he retired in 1988. Subsequently, the Pollard family settled in Vancouver and he was elected to the City Council a year later in 1989. Pollard is married, and has two sons.[2]

As mayor[edit]

After serving for seven years on the City Council, Pollard was first elected mayor in January 1996. He then served consecutive terms as mayor until 2010. Cumulatively, he held public office in the city for around 20 years,[3] shaping much of its development in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His most notable exploits have been a major revival of Vancouver's once-dilapidated downtown core,[3] shepherding the city's growth by 100,000 residents,[3] and championing a controversial project to replace the Interstate Bridge and expand the MAX Light Rail system into Clark County.[4] In addition to mass transit, Pollard has long supported green modes of transportation such as walking and biking.[5]

Throughout his tenure, Mayor Pollard was a promoter of the moniker of "America's Vancouver" for the city,[6] in order to differentiate it from the larger but younger city of Vancouver, British Columbia. The mayor was also a staunch defender of Vancouver's independence from nearby Portland, Oregon. In a highly publicized gesture in 2005, he purchased and destroyed coffee mugs with Portland logos at Vancouver Starbucks after the company failed to remove them from stores.[7]

Post-mayoral life[edit]

In April 2010 Pollard was named First Citizen of Clark County for the year, an award given out since 1939.[8]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Welcome to the 'Couv (2007) Willamette Week
  2. ^ Vancouver National Historic Reserve, nps.gov
  3. ^ a b c Damewood, Andrea (December 16, 2009). "Mayor’s Legacy Lauded". The Columbian. 
  4. ^ Baker, Dean. "Mayor Calls For New I-5 Bridge, Light Rail Linkage". The Columbian. 
  5. ^ Wager, Florence. "Royce Pollard: The Mayor Who Walks His Talk". Walk About Magazine. 
  6. ^ Andrew Theen (August 13, 2008). "Vancouver Planning For Future Of Mill Property". OPB News. 
  7. ^ Exploring "America's Vancouver" (2007) Seattle Times
  8. ^ "Royce Pollard named Clark County's First Citizen". The Columbian. April 28, 2010. 

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