Pamplin Media Group – Gladstone appoints new Director of Events, Director of Public Works


Darren Caniparoli is from Sherwood, while Tiffany Kirkpatrick takes on the town’s new Community Services position

Gladstone’s new director of public works, Darren Caniparoli, was appointed this month along with Tiffany Kirkpatrick as the town’s new director of community services, who was previously director of the main center.

Kirkpatrick was offered the position of community services manager after he excelled in the interview process, according to city administrator Jacque Betz.

2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for Gladstone Senior Center, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to orders from Governor Kate Brown, all of Oregon’s senior centers have been closed and Gladstone reopened its center for limited services this summer. Gladstone retired the principal center director position in April, so Kirkpatrick is filling a newly created position to “provide unique programs and activities designed to attract a diverse and multifaceted community audience to Gladstone,” Betz said.

Former Director of Oregon State Senior Services for Volunteers of America, Kirkpatrick holds an MA from Marylhurst University and Portland State University in Aging / Gerontology and Public Administration, and d ” a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia in public relations / marketing. From 2006 -16 years old, she co-founded the Preserve Coalition, Oregon’s first community group to provide older African Americans with brain health education and lifestyle enrichment activities to increase awareness of aging issues.

Since 2017 Kirkpatrick has been freelance as a global textile fashion designer for TV series, costume designers, artists and musicians. From 2012 to 2016, she was the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Coordinator for Oregon Health & Science University.

“Tiffany has an authentic disposition and will do incredibly well in the Gladstone community,” Betz said.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GLADSTONE - Gladstone's new Director of Public Works, Darren Caniparoli, previously served the Town of Sherwood for more than two decades.The city council unanimously confirmed Kirkpatrick’s appointment at its October 12 meeting, as well as the appointment of a permanent director of public works.

Caniparoli was appointed Acting Director of Public Works for Gladstone in April. He has been working in the town since last fall after coming from the town of Sherwood, where he worked for over 20 years as an operations supervisor and senior maintenance worker.

“Darren has done a remarkable job during his short tenure here and will do great things as director of public works,” Betz said. “He has solid experience in asset management, street operations, park management and supervision of fleets and facilities. Additionally, Darren played a vital role in the city’s emergency operations center during the recent ice storm. His experience and leadership are appreciated.

A graduate of Milwaukie High School, Caniparoli has attended classes and received various certifications from the American Public Works Institute and Northwest Resource Management School in Port Townsend, Washington.

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