The city of John Day has hired a senior project manager for the Oregon Pine project.
Aaron Lieuallen will be working on the 52-acre property the city recently purchased for economic development.
“Oregon Pine is going to be a big project,” he said. “It’s starting, but it’s in its infancy, so what my role will be is to be determined.”
Lieuallen’s part-time position starts July 1. Initially, he will be using GIS software to map the city’s utilities to create a more easily accessible and modernized database.
He is excited to begin work on the Oregon Pine project as well as to diversify his skill set.
“It just seemed like a great opportunity to get involved with the city and the public works department,” he said.
Lieuallen earned a construction management degree from Oregon State University. He then worked at Cam West Development, a builder in the Puget Sound area, as a project manager. The company was later acquired by Toll Brothers, a national builder, where he worked as a purchasing manager.
He and his family moved to John Day when his wife was hired at Blue Mountain Hospital.
Since then, he has been stay-at-home dad taking care of their 2- and 4-year-old children and working with the Ponderosa Parents Association. He is also on the board of the Grant County Economic Council working on projects including the bike park at the Seventh Street Complex.
“The reason I wanted to be involved was, having younger kids, I wanted to see some more opportunities come into the county,” Lieuallen said.
In his spare time, he enjoys camping and sailing with his family on the Phillips Reservoir outside Baker City.