City Manager

The City Manager serves as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer.  The City Manager carries out the will of the City Council and directs all operations of the various city departments.  Would you like to learn more about the city management profession?  ICMA maintains a website dedicated to raising awareness of the value of professional local government management.  Learn more at

Byron Smith is the City Manager and has been with the City of Hermiston since August, 2014.  Mr. Smith came to Hermiston from Fort Madison, Iowa, where he was the City Manager for five years.  Prior to that, he was Assistant City Manager/City Planner for the City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri for four years, and he was with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns from 1998 to 2004.  Mr. Smith has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Eastern Arizona College.
Mark Morgan is the Assistant City Manager and has been with the City of Hermiston since July, 2012.  Mr. Morgan worked in municipal administration for the cities of Pullman and Cheney, Washington before coming to Hermiston.  He was honored by the Washington City/County Managers Association with their 2011 Educational Fellowship and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University, where he finished top of his class from the EWU-MPA program. 


Most professional city managers are members of the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Smith and Mr. Morgan are both ICMA members. ICMA and its members subscribe to a professional Code of Ethics. A list of the code with guidelines can be found here:

2015 Goals

In early January, the City Council, and each member of the city’s Management Team, began work on identifying various projects and process changes which should be priorities for the city over the coming year.  After a Management Team session identified a number of priorities, the City Council took those priorities and considered them to come up with a final prioritized list of issues which the city will focus on in 2015.  The prioritized list can be found here: