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 (PDF)

Find out more regarding City Council Rules of Order and Procedure and Elections.

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.

City Council Goals

The City Council and Leadership Team are setting high-level goals for the community. Working together, the City Council, City Staff, and Community have much to look forward to. This list is prioritized on what the City has accomplished and will focus on completing. The prioritized list can be found here:

Dr. David Drotzmann, Mayor

Biography

Dr. David Drotzmann, MayorDave 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  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: ddrotzmannathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/20

 

Lori Davis, Ward I (Precinct 126)

Lori Davis, Ward I (Precinct 126)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: ldavisathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/22

 

Roy Barron, Ward II (Precincts 127, 128)

Roy Barron, Ward II (Precincts 127, 128)

Biography

Roy is the oldest of 5 children whose family immigrated from Mexico, and is proud to be a First Generation Mexican/American. Roy was raised in Weiser, Idaho, graduated from Weiser High School with Highest Honors and majored in Political Science while at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to becoming a teacher for the Hermiston School District, Roy's employment included working for Umatilla County as a Bilingual Victim Service Advocate and as a Drug Court Counselor, as well as a school-based mental health provider for the RISE Program. Roy enjoys playing baseball, basketball, traveling, drinking coffee, watching sports/politics, fantasy football, reading manga, and hanging out with family.

Community Service, both Past and Present

Roy, since 2018, is an Assistant Varsity Coach for HHS Baseball and American Legion Baseball; is a founding member of Raices, a civic engagement grassroots organization operated by local Latino Leaders; and a member of HELO (Hispanic Elected Local Officials) at NLC.

Council Appointment

Roy was appointed in 2018 and elected a few months later in 2019. Roy had been serving on the Hispanic Advisory Committee since 2016 and ran for City Council because of his belief that city government should be representative of its citizens and wanted more representation of the Latino Community. As a first generation American, Roy feels like he has a unique lens into both of these cultures. 

Why Roy thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston

"Hermiston is a growing city with a small town feel. It's traditional, yet progressive. An inclusive city striving to make life sweet for its community."

Email: rbarronathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/22

 

Jackie C. Myers, Ward III (Precinct 129)

Jackie C. Myers, Ward III (Precinct 129)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: jmyersathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/22

 

Vacant, Ward IV (Precinct 130)

Term Expires: 12/31/22

 

 

 

 

Manuel Gutierrez, At Large

Manuel Gutierrez, At LargeEmail: mgutierrezathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod S. Hardin, At Large

Rod S. Hardin, At LargeBiography

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: rhardinathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/20

 

David McCarthy, At Large

David McCarthy

Biography

David is the sales manager at KOHU KQFM radio station in Hermiston and an active member of Kiwanis and St. John's Episcopal Church. He and his wife, Alexis, are foster parents and involved in many community projects and events. David comes from a performing arts background and is interested in the blend of technology and entertainment.

Community Service, both Past and Present

David is the president of the Kiwanis Club and is on the vestry at St. John's Episcopal Church. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington.

Council Appointment

David was appointed in June 2020 with the goal of helping keep Hermiston a great place to raise a family and encouraging small business development.

Why David thinks Life is Sweet in Hermiston

"Before we made the decision to stay in Hermiston, I told my wife 'I wouldn't hate it if we lived here.' Little did I know it would be the most welcoming community I've ever been to."

Email: dmccarthyathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/20

 

Doug Primmer, At Large

Doug Primmer, At LargeBiography

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 a Umatilla County Sheriffs Reserve and serves as an At-Large Citizen member of Region 1 of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, and is a 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: dprimmerathermiston.or.us
Term Expires: 12/31/20