Camas Mayor Scott Higgins in his office in November 2017.

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins in his office in November 2017.

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian

While Camas Mayor Scott Higgins was addressing the audience at a special city council workshop Monday night, his younger daughter was performing in Seattle.

At the start of the workshop, Higgins, 46, announced that he will step down as mayor effective Sept. 30, as first reported by the Camas-Washougal Post-Record. Chloe Higgins, 16, was performing with other students from Camas High School at the 5th Avenue Awards, which honor high school theater around the state.

It was a familiar disappointment for the mayor, who has missed or been distracted from plenty of performances and family events since he was appointed to the position in 2011 after being elected to the city council in 2002. That’s why Higgins knew a year ago he wouldn’t seek re-election when his term ends in November 2019. A monthlong visit in May from his older daughter, Rachel Higgins, 18, who just finished her first year at Pepperdine University, made him rethink waiting until November 2019 to step down.

“Last year, we had our oldest graduate and leave home,” Higgins said. “It really rips your heart out. You just can’t believe that period of your life is over.”

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