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 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 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.  Prior to entering city administration, Mr. Morgan worked as a journalist covering various local governments in Idaho and Washington, as well as spending time as a Producer for ABC News. Photo: Mark Morgan, Assistant City Manager


Mr. Smith and Mr. Morgan are both active members of the International City Managers Association (ICMA). ICMA and its members subscribe to a professional Code of Ethics. A list of the code with guidelines can be found here:

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