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Hoeven names Cameron to Oil Patch post

Jon Cameron

WILLISTON -- Sen. John Hoeven has added a full-time staff member in Williston to serve constituents of western North Dakota.

Hoeven on Tuesday named Jon Cameron, the former city administrator for Valley City, to be his western North Dakota field representative.

Hoeven, who got to know Cameron well during the 2009 flood, said Cameron has a proven track record of serving the public and working with local, state and federal agencies.

Hoeven said he believes he is the first member of the federal delegation to have a full-time staff person in western North Dakota. Hoeven said he will have a dialogue with his colleagues in the delegation about adding similar positions.

"To do the best possible job, I feel we need someone here in the energy patch full-time," Hoeven said.

Cameron resigned from the Valley City post in October 2011 after some political turmoil involving the former police chief. Voters defeated an effort to eliminate Cameron's job, but Cameron said at the time he wanted to resign to allow the city to heal.

Cameron then worked as city manager in Perry, Okla., but he said Tuesday that he missed North Dakota.

Cameron has also held executive and administrative posts in Florida and Texas.

Cameron's wife, Joan, who has a background in geographic information systems and mapping, will work for Williston's public works department as an engineering technician. They moved into a house in Williston on Tuesday.

"We decided North Dakota was where we wanted to be," Cameron said.