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Eight Umatilla residents vying for two seats on city council

The Umatilla City Council’s agenda for Tuesday includes appointing two new city council members, approving the 2017-2018 budget and authorizing the mayor to sign five different agreements.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on June 2, 2017 4:09PM

Last changed on June 2, 2017 7:07PM

Eight people will vie for two seats on the Umatilla City Council next Tuesday.

Two of the candidates will be appointed by current council members after a question and answer period at the start of next week’s council meeting. They are needed to replace David Lougee and Mary Dedrick, who both resigned in May.

Applicant Lyle Smith has a history of involvement with the city, including four years on the city council previously and four years on the city’s planning commission. He recently threw his hat in the ring for mayor, but the council appointed Darren Dufloth instead.

Mark Keith is the director of the Umatilla Medical Clinic and also serves the community as a firefighter paramedic.

James Deacon is a Department of Corrections employee and a grandfather who has lived in Umatilla for 16 years.

Jodi Hinsley is a mother of three who raised her children in Umatilla and has 20 years of management experience.

Selene Torres-Medrano served as the chair of the bond committee for Umatilla School District’s bond that passed in November and has student leadership experience from her time at Washington State University.

Tracy Finck has lived in Umatilla for 29 years and works for the city of Hermiston’s parks and recreation summer program.

Clayton Hayes is a Umatilla business owner who has lived in the city 33 years.

Veronica Zapata is a licensed insurance agent, a notary and previously worked for Umatilla School District.

After taking the oath of office on Tuesday, the two candidates chosen by the council will be asked to join the rest of the council in approving the city’s 2017-2018 budget and a authorizing the mayor to sign several leases and intergovernmental agreements, including a contract for the fire district to lease office space from the city, an agreement to use Umatilla County’s GIS mapping and planning services, an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation, an agreement with Oregon State University to promote the SNAP-Ed program, and a service contract with the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce.

The contract with the chamber states that in exchange for 50 percent of the city’s transient room tax funds the chamber will provide support to local businesses, market Umatilla, maintain the city’s visitor center and work to increase the number of “group travel activities” such as conferences and sport tournaments taking place in Umatilla.

Prior to the regular city council meeting at 7 p.m. the public is invited to an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. at city hall to learn about Umatilla Together, the downtown revitalization and economic development plan put together by Portland State University graduate students with input from the community.


Contact Jade McDowell at or 541-564-4536.


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