LOC Staff

LOC's staff are dedicated to providing the services and programs that support our mission.   

Executive Director

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Mike Cully, Executive Director

Oversight of all LOC activities and programs

Member and Administrative Services

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Christy S. Wurster, Operations & Member Engagement Director

Manages the internal services of the LOC and provides oversight to member services.

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Debi Higgins, Administrative Assistant

Provides administrative support to members and helps coordinate all member services offered through LOC in addition to providing internal administrative support.  

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Kelly Richardson, Project Coordinator - Affiliates

Serves as the primary staff liaison to Oregon City/County Management Association (OCCMA) and Oregon Mayors Association (OMA). Provides administrative support to the LOC Board of Directors and LOC Foundation.

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Lisa Trevino, Program Manager

Manages LOC training and events, the Local Government Management Certificate (LGMC) program, and the member database.    


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Jamie Johnson-Davis, Finance Director

Performs accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis and day-to-day financial operations of LOC.   

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Elizabeth Ramirez, Accounting Specialist

Provides administrative assistance to the Finance Department, including reconciling deposits, creating invoices, generating billings, handling collections and assisting with procurement projects.


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Kevin Toon, Communications & Business Development Director

Manages LOC's communications and marketing, including media and public relations, publications, social media, and sponsorship and vendor programs.

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Denise Nanke, Communications Specialist

Produces LOC's City Focus podcast, and provides administrative support for the department.

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Julie Oke, Graphic Designer

Responsible for the design of LOC print and digital communications, including Local Focus and LOC Bulletin, and executes LOC’s digital presence including social media and website content.

Intergovernmental Relations

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Jim McCauley, Legislative Director

Oversight of League's legislative program; advocacy issue area: transportation 

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Mark Gharst, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue areas: finance and taxation, economic development 

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Jenna Jones, Legislative Analyst

Legislative research, monitoring and tracking; correspondence and reports

Advocacy issue areas: telecommunications, broadband and cable

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Ariel Nelson, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue areas: land use, housing, eminent domain


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Tracy Rutten, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue area: water, wastewater, environment and natural resources, energy, public contracting

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Scott Winkels, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue areas: ethics, public safety, community corrections, courts, personnel, PERS, collective bargaining

Legal Research

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Patty Mulvihill, General Counsel

Provides in-house general counsel and oversees LOC's legal services, including the member inquiry program, legislative/legal research, educational publications, and training on municipal best practices.

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Jayme Hafner, Assistant General Counsel

Assists with the member inquiry program, legislative/legal research, educational publications, and training on municipal best practices.

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Colton Totland, Honors Attorney

Assists with the member inquiry program, educational publications, and the Pilot Legal Program in Eastern Oregon.