HEPPNER - Dave DeMayo retired from the U.S. Army in 1993, however, his commitment to the military didn't end when he removed his leaf-shaped insignia of major from his uniform. DeMayo received notice about three weeks ago that he may be called back to duty.
"I got a definite date this past week," DeMayo said. "I don't actually have orders on hand, but I've been told I'm to report on such and such date."
A special meeting of the Heppner City Council will be held at noon Wednesday at City Hall to interview a candidate for interim city manager.
DeMayo and his wife Neva have been in Heppner since November 2005. After retiring from the military, DeMayo substitute taught for a year in Alaska and then moved to Boise where he worked for five years as a technician and operator at Micron Technology before embarking on a career in municipal government.
Prior to becoming the city manager in Heppner, DeMayo held the same position in Vale for five years.
"I just needed a change of scenery," he said about his move from Vale.
He said being in Heppner has been a good experience.
"There is a true sense of community, which is pretty rare these days," he said.
DeMayo anticipates leaving sometime in mid-September and likely will serve for a year.
"I still have a couple of medical hurdles to jump over and after that I'm on my way," DeMayo said. "It looks like I'll probably work with construction companies in the Baghdad area (but) everything is subject to change."
Ron Garzini, of Redmond, who is on a list maintained by the League of Oregon Cities, was contacted by the city of Heppner. Garzini has worked in municipal-related management for 30 years.
Garzini took an early retirement and has been performing interim work for the last four to five years.
Garzini's first manager position was as the borough manager in Fairbanks, Alaska.
"Alaska is so huge it's almost like regional governments," he said.
Garzini was in Alaska during the building of the Alaskan Pipeline. He also did a short stint as a state official while in Alaska.
"I haven't done it long enough that I'm not willing to do unique things. It's kind of like an adventure to me," Garzini said.
He and his wife Pam have three adult children and four grandchildren.
"Doing these interim assignments work well for me because we can still keep in touch with the kids," he said.
Garzini's work also has worked out well for other cities, including interim work twice in three municipalities.
"I don't leave with a bad taste in people's mouth," he said with a laugh. "If you get along with most of the people and they feel they were better off having you, then that's success."
Garzini is looking forward to the possibility of a new adventure in Eastern Oregon.
"I'm an outdoorsman by nature," he said. "I like getting out and around in the country (and) the idea of a new area with a slightly different physical environment is exciting."