Former renowned Tigard City Attorney remembered for his work

Tim Ramis.
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Former Tigard City Attorney Tim Ramis was recognized last month for his three decades of service to the City, following the news that he recently passed away. 

The Tigard City Council passed a resolution in Ramis’s honor at its Oct. 26 meeting, with former Assistant City Manager and current Councilor Liz Newton leading a string of speakers in commemorating his work. He is probably best remembered for his work on behalf of the City in the landmark Dolan v. Tigard case. This saw the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately overturn several state-level court decisions backing Tigard in requiring local business owner Florence Dolan to dedicate land to a public greenway along Fanno Creek in exchange for permission to expand her store and pave her parking lot. 

“He is very well renowned and respected in the state for his expertise in land use,” Newton said. “I think a lot of people have been saying about Tim that he was a very gracious man and he was one to look for the common good; he wasn’t a big fan of things going south or there being conflict.” 

Current City Attorney Shelby Rihala worked with Ramis at Portland law firm Jordan Ramis prior to succeeding Ramis as Tigard City Attorney. Rihala called him “absolutely a mentor.” 

“He was not somebody who would have his feathers ruffled. He was always very easy going, very trusting and encouraging of his associates and colleagues,” she said. “It was a pleasure to work with him and I absolutely learned a lot and he is the reason I am where I am today.” 

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