Hermiston City Manager to Continue in Role for Another 2 Years


Hermiston City Manager Byron Smith will continue in his role for another two years.

Earlier this week the Hermiston City Council approved an amendment to Smith’s contract by adding another year. Smith’s new contract now runs until Aug. 24, 2025.

Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann said the change was simply a contract extension.

“There’s no additional pay increase other than what’s contractually required, which is same rate increase as the rest of the staff,” said Drotzmann. City employees receive a 3-percent annual rate increase.

Byron Smith

Smith is just the second person to serve as Hermiston city manager during the past 32 years. Smith took over the role in August 2014, succeeding Ed Brookshier, who was city manager from 1991 to 2014.

The council voted 7-0 to extend Smith’s contract following an executive session Monday night during which Smith’s performance evaluation was conducted.

“We had a great review this evening, great conversation,” said Drotzmann following the executive session. “We have an amazing executive director. I want to thank him for another excellent year. We have some calls for action the council would like to see, and we believe we have a path forward on those, as well. So, I’m super happy to have Byron continue as our city manager.”

“It’s a pleasure to work here and it’s a great community,” said Smith.


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