City Manager

City Manager

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City Manager, Jerry Gillham

Jerry grew up in Albany, Oregon but moved to Klamath Falls his senior year of high school, only to return to Albany the night of graduation. Jerry joined the military in 1973 and returned home to Albany in 1977.

After two years of college, he went to work for Portland General Electric. After eleven years, resigned his position in Community Relations/Governmental Affairs to become the City Manager of Nyssa, Oregon in 1991. Since this time, Jerry has served as City Manager in Gresham (Assistant CM), Scappoose, Madras, Baker City, and Prineville (Assistant CM) cities, also the City of Lakeport, California.

Jerry was sworn in on May 1, 2012 as City Manager for the City of Sutherlin until he intends to retire. He now has over 30-years of City Management experience. Jerry has a Bachelor's Degree in Management from George Fox University; a Professional Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma; and is a graduate of the Pacific Program, a leadership school for public sector executives through the University of Oregon (originally call the Luke Institute). He is also a graduate of the Main Street Program through the National Trust of Historic Preservation in Washington D.C. and is FEMA certified NIMIS/ICS in Emergency Management.

In reference to military service, Jerry retired from the Army in 2014 where he served for over 35 years on active duty and reserves, as well as the Oregon Army National Guard which also included two tours of duty in Iraq.

Jerry is thought of as a catalyst to Economic Development in Sutherlin where he is working hard to attract businesses, transform the downtown area, improve livability, and recruit new jobs to the community.
Jerry and his wife Sue are homeowners here in Sutherlin and are actively involved in Sutherlin Rotary, Sutherlin Area Chamber of Commerce, Sutherlin Downtown Development, Inc., Sutherlin's Community Service Program and Sutherlin Family Church. 

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