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 www.lifewellrun.org.

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. Photo: Byron Smith, City Manager
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 Educational Fellowship and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho.  Mr. Morgan is also one of 12 local government professionals nationwide to be selected to participate in the International City Managers Association's "Leadership ICMA- 2018," two-year professional development program which focuses on cultivating competent and ethical local government professionals. Photo: Mark Morgan, Assistant City Manager

Ethics

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:

2016 Goals

In January, the City Council, and each member of the City’s Leadership Team, began work on identifying various projects and process changes throughout the City. This list was prioritized on what the City will focus on in 2016. The prioritized list can be found here: