2021 LOC Board of Directors

The LOC is governed by a 16-member board of directors. The board consists of four officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Immediate Past President) who serve one-year terms in each role on a four-year rotation, and 12 directors who serve three-year terms. Nine directors are elected city officials, and three directors are appointed city staff. In the first year of the appointed city staff’s term, they are non-voting. In addition, past presidents who are still in elected office continue serving as ex officio (non-voting) members of the board.

Meet Your Executive Committee

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PRESIDENT: Keith Mays, Mayor, Sherwood (pop. 19,885)

Mayor Mays was re-elected in March and November of 2018.  He previously served four years as council president and eight years as mayor of Sherwood from 2005-13.  Over the past 20-plus years, Mayor Mays has served as president of the Oregon Mayors Association, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and the Willamette River Water Coalition.  He has also served as a member of Metro’s MPAC and on several LOC committees.  A resident of Sherwood for more than 20 years, Mayor Mays is a Rotarian and currently sits on boards and committees for several local and regional non-profit and government organizations.

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VICE PRESIDENT: Taneea Browning, Councilor, Central Point (pop. 18,755)

Councilor Browning is a native Oregonian, appointed in 2015 and elected in 2016 and 2020 to her current position. She has served on the Central Point Urban Renewal Agency and Budget Committee. Her commitments have also included the Central Point Visitor Information Center and the boards of the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Medford Water Commission, and Jackson County Fire District No. 3. She is the founder of the public non-profit Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching, and is the managing partner of  CraterWorks MakerSpace LLC in partnership with the Central Point School District. 

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TREASURER: Steve Callaway, Mayor, Hillsboro (pop. 104,670)

Mayor Callaway was elected to the Hillsboro City Council in November 2010, re-elected in 2014, and became mayor in 2016.  His previous experience includes the city’s budget committee, the Hillsboro 2020 Vision Implementation Committee and the city’s planning commission.  Additional community involvement includes the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Board, the Hillsboro Library Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club and the Hillsboro Schools Foundation.  Mayor Callaway recently retired from his position as a principal at Tobias Elementary School in Hillsboro. 

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Timm Slater, Councilor, North Bend (pop. 9,975)

Councilor Slater was appointed to the North Bend City Council in May 1981. The next 17½ years were spent in city service, including 12 as mayor. He was re-elected to city council in November 2012. He has served as a Coos Bay North Bend Water Board member, founder of the Coos County Mayors Forum, Coos County Planning Commission Chair, and Chair of the Bay Area Enterprise Zone. He is a member of Rotary, served on the Bay Area Chamber and Coos County Library Boards, and completed a 32-year Army Reserve career.

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SENIOR CITY MANAGER: Scott Derickson, City Manager, Woodburn (pop. 25,185)

Mr. Derickson has more than 22 years of local and regional government experience in communities across Oregon.  A graduate of the University of Oregon’s Planning, Public Policy & Management’s undergraduate and graduate programs, and an ICMA Credentialed Manager for 10 years, he has been recognized for his emphasis on integrity, community leadership and managerial accomplishments, particularly during times of crisis.

Meet Your Directors

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Arlene Burns, Mayor, Mosier (pop. 490)

Mayor Burns is in her fourth term in Mosier, where she has helped the community navigate three major fires and helped lead the city’s major infrastructure upgrades.  Elected mayor in 2014, she also served as Mosier Council President from 2012-14.  Mayor Burns is a member of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance and the Climate Mayors network, and serves as a representative on Travel Oregon’s Gorge Tourism Studio Steering Committee.  In 2019, the governor appointed her co-convener of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Prior to public service, Mayor Burns was a world-class expedition kayaker, exploring remote waterways and leading commercial expeditions in the Himalayas, South America, and the former Soviet Union. (Term expires: December 2023)

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Drew Farmer, Councilor, Coos Bay (pop. 16,810)

Councilor Farmer has been a city councilor in Coos Bay since 2016. Prior to his time on the council, he served as the treasurer for the city’s library board.  He is the director of an employment-based non-profit for persons with disabilities and serves on multiple work groups in Coos County pertaining to homelessness and housing.  He served in the United States Navy from 2005 to 2009, and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology. (Term expires: December 2021)

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Peter Hall, Councilor, Haines (pop. 415)

Peter Hall was born and raised in the Seattle area and worked as a chef at various resorts in the west, where he cooked for CEOs, celebrities and politicians as well as for travelers from around the world.  In retirement, he moved to northeast Oregon because of its low housing costs and access to year-round mountain activities.  He first got involved in his rural community of Haines as a member of the city’s budget committee and planning commission, and was recently appointed to the city council.  He also ran for the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006 and again in 2014 to give people a choice of candidates and advance the conversation about the issues facing rural communities. (Term expires: December 2021)

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Roland Herrera, Councilor, Keizer (pop. 38,585)

Councilor Herrera was elected to the Keizer City Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. After retiring from a 30-year career in public works, Herrera co-founded the Latino Action Committee and was instrumental in the formation of the LOC’s first People of Color caucus. Councilor Herrera serves on the board of directors for Mana a Mano, the St. Vincent Dual Language Catholic School, and the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council.  He was recently appointed by the governor to the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. (Term expires: December 2023)

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Beach Pace, Councilor, Hillsboro (pop. 104,670)

In her first run for elected office, Councilor Pace was elected to the Hillsboro City Council in 2018.  She currently serves as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Columbia NW and on the board of the Westside Queer Resource Center. Previously, she served at-risk youth as vice president and executive director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley.  Councilor Pace holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MPA from Northern Michigan University. She served in the U.S. Army in the Ordnance branch both domestically and overseas as a Bomb Squad Executive Officer and Commander.  (Term expires: December 2023)

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Carmen Rubio, Commissioner, Portland (pop. 664,605)

Commissioner Rubio began her public service career as a policy advisor for Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz, then later for Portland Mayor Tom Potter and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish. From 2009-2019, she served as executive director of Latino Network, advocating for Portland's growing Latinx community while expanding the network’s team to 140 individuals who focused on elevating youth and families to achieve their potential and define their futures.  Commissioner Rubio was born and raised in Hillsboro, the granddaughter of immigrants who came to this country as migrant workers. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and is the first Latina on the Portland City Council. (Term expires: December 2023)

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Dean Sawyer, Mayor, Newport (pop. 10,400)

Mayor Sawyer served with the Newport Police Department for 30 years in supervisory and command positions. In retirement, he worked for 10 years as the emergency management planner for the Siletz Tribe.  In 2010, Mayor Sawyer ran for city council, and served as a council member until 2018, when he was elected mayor. He has lived in Newport for 42 years and is married to Marie and has two grown sons. (Term expires: December 2022)

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Byron Smith, City Manager, Hermiston (pop. 18,775)

Mr. Smith has served the city of Hermiston since 2014.  Previously, he served as city manager in Fort Madison, Iowa for five years, as assistant city manager/city planner in Poplar Bluff, Missouri for four years, and with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns from 1998 to 2004.  Mr. Smith holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University, and an associate’s degree in business administration from Eastern Arizona College. (Term expires: December 2022)

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Kevin Stine, Councilor, Medford (pop. 83,115)

Elected in 2014, Councilor Stine currently serves as the Medford City Council President.  He served for nine years in the U.S. Navy,  completing three submarine deployments.   Councilor Stine is currently a member of the Navy Reserves and serves on the Navy Funeral Honors Team. He is also substitute teacher for the Medford School District. Previously, he worked at the non-profit ACCESS, working to house homeless veterans, and at Rogue Community College, where he assisted veterans with utilizing their education benefits. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Southern Oregon University. (Term expires: December 2022)

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Steve Uffelman, Councilor, Prineville (pop. 10,355)

Councilor Uffelman has served on the Prineville City Council for more than 28 years since he was first appointed in 1985, including five terms as mayor.  He has also served on the Oregon Mayors Association Board of Directors.  Mayor Uffelman was born and raised in Oregon and a graduate of Oregon State University.  He is a retired pharmacist and real estate broker.  (Term expires: December 2021)

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John Walsh, City Administrator, St. Helens (pop. 13,915)

Mr. Walsh has overseen the day-to-day operations for the city of St. Helens since 2012. He previously served as the city manager of Myrtle Point, Ore. and held management roles in the cities of Centralia and Pacific, Wa.  With more than 20 years of public sector experience, Mr. Walsh has led many large and complex capital improvement projects, including infrastructure and brownfield redevelopment projects, as well as several community and economic development initiatives. He is a credentialed city manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA-CM) and has earned recognition for excellence and good governance from the LOC. (Term expires: December 2023)

Recent Past Presidents

  • Greg Evans, Councilor, Eugene (2019)
  • Timm Slater, Councilor, North Bend (2018)
  • George Endicott, Mayor, Redmond (2013)
  • John McArdle, Mayor, Independence (2010)
  • Pete Truax, Mayor, Forest Grove (2015)

See all Past Presidents

2021 Board Meetings

The board has five regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed and will be noticed on the website. Meetings, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.

October 20, 2021 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Virtual via Zoom
December 10, 2021 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location TBD Location TBD

Board and Committee Meeting Materials

A meeting notice, agenda packet and minutes are prepared for each meeting. To request audio recordings, please contact LOC staff.