The Durham City Charter sets forth the powers of the City and vests those powers primarily with the City Council. There are 5 city councilors elected at large from the city. Each City Councilor is elected to serve a four year term, with 2-3 members being elected at each general election. At the first meeting of each year, the Council chooses from its membership a chairperson, who shall hold the office of Mayor for one year.
City Council Members
Gery Schirado has been on the Council since 1993 and has been selected by members of the Council to serve as mayor for each year since 1997. Gery has been a resident of the City since 1975 and began his service to the community in 1977 as a member of the Planning Commission. He remained on the Commission until 1988 and served as Chairman for many of those years. Gery strives to bring a sense of balance and fairness to meetings over which he presides and his abilities have often gained the respect of both sides of opposing factions. Gery is retired as a medical equipment sales representative / manager and has a BA from the University of Portland.
Chris Hadfield has been on the Council since 1995 and has been selected by members of the Council to serve as Council President for each year since 1997. Chris has been a resident of the City since 1987 and also served on the Planning Commission prior to his election to the Council. Chris is fiscally conservative and takes his representation of his constituents quite seriously. He is also not afraid to take on an unpopular point of view when he feels something is not in the best interest of the City. Chris blazed the initial Loop Trail in the City Park and sought the funding to see this project through in conjunction with the Clean Water Services Outfall project. Chris is a retired sales manager and has a BS from Portland State University in Accounting.
Leslie Gifford has been on the Council since 1997 and has been a resident of the City since 1994. Leslie also served on the Planning Commission prior to her election to the Council. Leslie is a accountant in private practice and has a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from Portland State University. Leslie’s professional background as a CPA has made her the acknowledged detail person on the Council.
Chuck Van Meter was appointed to the Council in late 2007 and elected the following year. Chuck had served on the Planning Commission since 1999 as well as the Design Review Board and had served as a Chair for both boards. He has lived in Heron Grove for about 13 years and has an MBA in Business Administration. He is President and CEO of Interactive Northwest, Inc., a software development company based in Tualatin. Chuck serves as the City representative to the Washington County Coordinating Committee for Transportation and Land Use as well as the Washington County 911 Agency. He invests time in a number of local non-profit service organizations.
Keith Jehnke has been a resident of the City since 1996 and served 3 years on the Planning Commission prior to being appointed to the City Council in the spring of 2010. Keith was subsequently elected to the City Council in the next general election. Keith is also serving as the City’s representative on the Tigard Water Advisory Board. Keith was a local employer, being a founder and an owner of AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC, a civil engineering, land surveying, forestry, arborist, natural resources, planning and landscape architecture firm headquartered in Tualatin. Keith retired from AKS in 2019 but is still active managing a number of residential, light industrial, and commercial properties with his wife, Debi. Keith is a fiscal conservative who believes in property owner rights with minimal intervention. He is dedicated to increasing safe pedestrian access to all of Durham including children friendly pathway connections between neighborhoods. Keith is a licensed Civil and Environmental Engineer, a licensed Land Surveyor, a Certified Arborist and has degrees in Civil Engineering and Forest Engineering from Oregon State University.
Calendar of Meetings
The City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- August 27, 2019 – canceled
- September 17, 2019 (workshop with Planning Commission starting at 6:30 p.m.)
- September 24, 2019
- October 22, 2019
- November 26, 2019
- December 17, 2019
City Council Agendas
Agendas will stay on the site until the minutes for the meeting have been approved.