Mayor & City Council

Hermiston uses a “Council-Manager” form of government, similar to the large majority of Oregon cities.  In a Council-Manager form of government, all powers of the city are vested in the City Council.  The Council, made up of 8 elected Hermiston residents, ultimately decides whether or not the City will take an action on matters concerning the city. The Council hires a City Manager, to manage all of the day-to-day decisions.

The Mayor is elected separately from the City Council, and only votes in the event of a tie.  The Mayor appoints committee members and signs ordinances and contracts for the City.

Half of the City Councilors are elected by "wards," which means that they live within that ward, however all councilors are elected by all city residents.  Find the ward that you live in HERE.

The mayor and councilors may be reached by leaving a message at 541-567-5521, or writing to them at City Hall, 180 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, OR 97838, or by email, listed below.

Dr. David Drotzmann, Mayor

Photo: David Drotzmann, Mayor

Biography:
Dave is married to wife Kem, and has 2 children, Gavin and Abi. Dave enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, and 4-wheeling. Dave has earned his Associate of Arts Degree from Yakima Valley Community College, Bachelor's Degree from Central Washington University, and Doctorate Degree from Pacific University and is the Owner/Partner of Lifetime Vision Source.

Community Service, both Past and Present:
Dave is a Rotarian, has served 8 years as a Hermiston School District Board of Director, over 10 years on the Hermiston Booster Club Board of Directors, and has coached for over 20 years.

Council Appointment:
Dave was elected in 2012, and has just been elected to his 3rd term. Dave became involved in city government because he believes in being part of the solution.

Why Dave thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston:
“Hermiston is a great place to raise a family, enjoy wonderful friendships, grow a business and appreciate the Sweet Life.”

Email: ddrotzmann@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Lori Davis, Ward I (Precinct 126)

Photo: Lori Davis, Ward I

Biography:
Lori grew up in Hermiston and graduated from Hermiston High School. Lori loves to read and garden and likes to think she is crafty and a good cook. Lori has worked at Two Rivers Correctional Institute for over 17 years as a Correctional Officer and an Office Specialist.

Council Appointment:
Lori filled a vacant seat and was elected a few months later in 2010. Lori became involved in city government because she believes everyone should contribute and serve in their community to make it better.

Why Lori thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston:
“I have watched Hermiston triple in size since my childhood. I always remember growing up riding bikes around town, warm summer nights, and swimming…a lot! That’s what makes Hermiston Sweet.”

Email: ldavis@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/18

Clara Beas-Fitzgerald, Ward II (Precincts 127, 128)

Photo: Clara Beas-Fitzgerald, Ward II

Biography:
Clara has 3 sons and 3 grandchildren and considers herself multicultural, trilingual, and binational. Clara was born in southern CA and raised across the border. Clara came to Hermiston during the summer of 2000 and liked Hermiston so much that she decided to stay permanently. Before earning her teaching license in 2006 and Master's in 2008, Clara worked at Columbia Crest Winery, Simplot, East Oregonian (translating their Spanish Edition), Hermiston Aquatic Center, and Hermiston School District. Clara is now the Site Coordinator for the ELD/ Recent Arriver Program at Morrow School District. 

Community Service, both Past and Present:
Clara is a member of the Hispanic Advisory Committee, Cinco de Mayo Board, and Oregon Commission For Women. Clara is proud to be one of the very few Hispanic women who hold office in the eastern part of the state. 

Council Appointment:
Clara filled a vacant seat in 2014 and was elected a few months later in 2015. Clara decided to run for office to get involved in the community. Clara felt that the Hispanic and Latino community had grown in size and needed representation and dissemination of information that affects them and their livelihood.

Why Clara thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston:
"It’s the people. The community living here create a wonderful living experience.  Everywhere I go people are considerate, carrying, polite, and have a sincere desire to treat you well. From the first day I arrived everyone tried to help me, and it is been this way ever since; and I am grateful for that. I am proud to consider myself a HERMISTONIAN!”

Email: cbeas-fitzgerald@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/18

Jackie C. Myers, Ward III (Precinct 129)

Photo: Jackie Myers, Ward III

Biography:
Jackie has 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren, and enjoys taking time to garden and travel. Jackie graduated from Hermiston High School, has been a licensed tax preparer for over 25 years, and has participated in many city committees since 1994.

Council Appointment:
Jackie was elected in 1994, and became involved in city government because there was a lot of development in her ward and she wanted to be involved in the process.

Why Jackie thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston:
“Hermiston has a wonderfully laidback rural atmosphere.”

Email: jmyers@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/18

Douglas Smith, Ward IV (Precinct 130)

Photo: Douglas Smith, Ward IV

Biography:
Douglas was hired by the Hermiston Police Department in 1988. Douglas then moved to Hermiston with his wife, Jackie, and son, Josh. A few years later their daughter, Amanda, was born. Originally, Douglas and his wife decided they would stay in Hermiston for 1 year and then move on. But in that year, they made so many friends, and they knew they had made Hermiston their home. Douglas enjoys backpacking, hunting, skiing, and scuba diving, and was a Boy Scout Master for over 22 years. After retiring from the Hermiston Police Department Douglas decided to work for himself as a General Contractor.

Council Appointment:
Douglas was elected in 2015. Douglas became interested in city politics while he was working as a police officer and felt that it was a natural next step after retiring from the police department.

Email: dsmith@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/18

Manuel Gutierrez, At Large

Photo: Manuel Gutierrez, At Large

Email: mgutierrez@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Rod S. Hardin, At Large

Photo: Rod Hardin, At Large

Biography:
Rod is married to wife Shiela, and has 4 children (Stephanie Evans, Doug Hardin, Greg Hardin, and Rachel Burns), and 11 grandchildren. Rod enjoys gardening, tennis, golf, and traveling. Rod graduated High School from Mac-Hi in Milton-Free water and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science Teaching from Eastern Oregon University and Masters Degree in Science Teaching from Portland State University. Rod is a Principal, Teacher, & Pastor at Hermiston Christian Center.

Community Service, both Past and Present:
Rod is the Hermiston Christian Center Pastor, and a member of the Community Accountability Board (CAB), Agape House Board, NLC Small Cities Council and Steering Committee, NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committees.

Council Appointment:
Rod was elected in 1992, and became involved because he wanted to serve the Hermiston Community.

Why Rod thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston:
“Hermiston is an inclusive Community.”

Email: rhardin@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/16

John Kirwan, At Large

Photo: John Kirwan, At Large

Email: jkirwan@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Doug Primmer, At Large

Photo: Doug Primmer, At Large

Biography:
Doug has been married for over 19 years to his wife Karen, and has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Doug enjoys cooking, BBQ, diving, and hunting. Doug graduated from Hermiston High School in 1981 and attended BMCC and Chemeketa Community College. For over 27 years, Doug has been a full time Correctional Sergeant with Oregon Department of Corrections in Umatilla at Two Rivers. Doug has been a Umatilla County Reserve with Sheriff's Office for over 31 years, and Rescue Diver with Umatilla County Sheriff's Office for over 33 years, and is also an instructor in: Firearms, First Aid/CPR/AED, ICS and Emergency Preparedness, and others.

Community Service, both Past and Present:
Doug is currently on the Community Accountability Board (CAB), Parks and Recreation Committee, Public Transit Committee, Umatilla County Sheriffs Reserves, and Oregon State Bar House of Delegates Region 1 Citizen at Large member. Past member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.

Council Appointment:
Doug was elected in 2012, and became involved to create and promote change as there were things happening in city council that needed to be addressed for the betterment of the City of Hermiston.

Why Doug thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston:
“Great location for many reasons: agricultural, education, raising children, our endless sunshine and opportunities.”

Email: dprimmer@hermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/16