By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Before Councilor Mark Caillier made his decision not to seek re-election, he looked to his past four years or so to see if he wanted to make that kind of commitment again.
He’s kept every email he ever got and meticulously notes every meeting he attends, even as just a spectator, in his Outlook calendar.
The numbers paint a substantive picture of the time he spent even before his election:
• 117 meetings attended in 2008, prior to his election on the council.
• 691 meetings attended since he was elected, each an average 2.5 hours long. It came to 42.5 hours per month spent in meetings.
• The least number of meetings he attended in a given month was 11, with 29 being the highest.
• He received an average of 11.4 emails per day, totaling 14,191 since he was elected.
Caillier concluded the time was right to spend more time with his wife, Kristen, and two of his children, who he wants to see more as adults. A retired Salem Police officer, he also owns a company that provides computer-aided dispatch software to municipalities and agencies around the country, It also has an increasing global presence, including projects in Malaysia, Egypt, Bolivia and Guatemala
“What I’ve discovered is many of the things I like to do, I don’t have to be a city councilor to participate in,” said Caillier. “Doing Rotary projects, projects for the city where you’ve got a goal and you get it done – I will continue to do those.”
He served on the budget committee prior to his election and plans to stay involved with groups like the Claggett Creek Watershed Council. One of his proudest accomplishments is reinvigorating that committee and increasing the number and scope of replanting and creekside stabilization projects.
Caillier is also pleased that the transit center will be built at Keizer Station, having joined the council when Salem-Keizer Transit was seriously eyeing a spot next to the civic center.
“And I’ve always thought I was prepared – I wanted to be so I could understand the variety and depth of the issues,” Caillier said. “(And) if I’m asked to do something I get it done as well as it can be done.”
Caillier came close at one point to becoming a leader in the City of Keizer much earlier: He came in 2nd for the Keizer Police chief’s position in the 1980s, losing out to eventual hire Charles Stull. (Stull’s rocky tenure ended when he was fired in 1997 for reasons including intimidation and harassment.)
Caillier concluded that his best work often came in support of others’ vision.
“I don’t look back and think, I wish I had been a police chief,’” Caillier said. “I look back and think, boy, I was really lucky to be at Salem and teach at Western Oregon University – that was a fantastic experience.”