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City Council

City Council


The City Council is the governing body of the City of The Dalles.  Its five voting members and the Mayor set the direction for the City, establishing policies and laws.  Specific voter approved powers for the Council is contained in the City Charter, while Council's own administrative and operational policies are adopted by the ordinance or resolution.

City Council is charged with the appointment of the City Manager, City Attorney and Municipal Judge.  They adopt the annual budget and perform all other actions necessary to guide the government, while representing concerns of the citizens of The Dalles.

The Dalles City Council positions are volunteer and are elected by the entire electorate of the City. Beginning with the 2022 election Mayor and Councilors are nominated at large and serve staggered four-year terms.

Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. with the exception of August and Holidays.

In addition to regular meetings, the City Council meets on a quarterly basis to establish, review, and update goals for the City.

So You Want To Run for A City Elected Office

The following information will be helpful in making that decision:

1.  City of The Dalles Charter  - 2020

2.  City of The Dalles City Council Rules/Code of Conduct

3.  City Goals/Performance Benchmarking

4.  Oregon Government Ethics Law

5.  Public Meeting and Election Law Summary

6.  Parliamentary Procedures

7.  City of The Dalles Organizational Flow Chart

For more information contact City Clerk

City Council Agendas

Elected Officials Directory

Position Name Email Phone Term
Mayor Richard Mays  541-769-0858 2 year term, expires 12/31/22
Councilor, Position #1 Timothy McGlothlin 541-980-4051 4 year term, expires 12/31/22
Councilor, Position #2 Darcy Long-Curtiss  541-980-7184 4 year term, expires 12/31/24
Councilor, Position #3 Scott Randall  541-965-3195 4 year term, expires 12/31/22
Councilor, Position #4  Dan Richardson  541-238-2883 4 year term, expires 12/31/24
Councilor Position #5 Rod Runyon 541-993-6413 4 year term, expires 12/31/24



Mayor, Richard Mays
Rich Mays and his wife Rose moved to The Dalles from the Oregon Coast in January of 2015.  His 40 year career in public service includes 33 years in municipal government with 28 as a City Manager in Cannon Beach, Oregon; Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri; and Collinsville and Sterling, Illinois.  Rich also served as the Interim County Manager for Clatsop County following his retirement from Cannon Beach in July of 2014. He has a Bachelors degree in Recreation and Park Administration from Western Illinois University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. Rich and Rose are members of the Gateway Church and moved to The Dalles to be closer to their daughter Christine and their two grandchildren Olivia and Carter, who helps Rich volunteering for The Dalles High School Booster Club. 


City Councilor Rod Runyon 
Councilor Runyon retired as a small business owner representing Financial Services and Insurance.  He had a previous and parallel career in Radio and TV broadcasting in Oregon, Idaho and California.  Born and raised in The Dalles he went on to complete certificate studies in Broadcast Communications Engineering and later achieved licensing in securities and a Fellowship of the Life Underwriters Training Council.

Rod brings to the Council 8 years experience as a Wasco County Commissioner, 8 years on the Port of The Dalles Commission and 4 years as a City of The Dalles Planning Commissioner.  He is well known for time served on National, Regional, State and local committees for economic development, Veterans issues, housing and low income community needs.  He has served as a Governors appointee to Regional Solutions.  Rod and Sherry have two grown children, Kelley and J. R. who live in The Dalles with their families.  From each there are two exceptional Grandchildren, Addison and Sadie Marie.

A primary hobby is riding his Harley.  He volunteers as the N.E. Oregon District Captain and Ride Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders.  Standing flag lines for Veterans upon request. He is the Memorials Outreach Coordinator with the Run For The Wall National Veterans organization.  A founding Board member of the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum and President of the Mid Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.  Rod worked as a civilian for the Army in 1969 and 1970 at 5th Army Headquarters, Fort Sheridan Illinois. His father was a WWII Officer and his brother a Vietnam era Officer.  Councilor Runyon brings his advocacy for Veterans and a broad community skill set to the Council.  Currently serving the City on the Q-Life Board and the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.



City Councilor Tim McGlothlin 
Timothy J. McGlothlin is a long time (42 years) resident of The Dalles, moving to The Dalles shortly after graduating from university to teach at The Dalles Junior High School. After a long career in education as a teacher, administrator and professor, he now spends time traveling, playing music and enjoying the grandchildren. Councilor McGlothlin is in his second term as an elected official and is very involved in his community. He serves as Council liaison to the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Board, and the Historic Landmarks Commission.
City Councilor Darcy Long
Darcy Long was raised in The Dalles and graduated from TDHS prior to attending Willamette University to study political science and international studies.  She has two sons, ages 19 and 16.  Darcy is an independent financial advisor and owns Empower Financial, serving clients in Oregon, Washington and California.  She has been a long-time advocate for children and adults with mental health issues and respite care for families with special needs children.  She is the City Council liaison to the Traffic Safety Commission and the Urban Renewal Agency Board.

City Councilor Scott Randall was appointed by CIty Council to fill vacant Position #3 on May 26, 2020.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and spent early childhood on 4th generation family farm.  Moved with family to The Dalles in 1967. Graduated from The Dalles High School, class of ‘78. Enlisted in U.S. Navy and served three years active duty, and six years in Navy Reserves. Bachelor of Arts, (Political Science) Oregon State University, 1989. Served on Senate Staff, Oregon State Legislature before entering private sector as Sales/Service Representative for Cintas Corporation. Worked in Portland and Seattle plants until 1996, when I left the company and returned to The Dalles to work for Aramark Uniform Services.

Scott signed up with the Oregon National Guard in 1998, advancing in rank to Sergeant First Class, assigned to Headquarters as Battle Staff NCO.  Placed on active duty in 2004 for deployment to Iraq. Spent one year in Kirkuk, taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  Demobilized in 2006 (retired from National Guard in 2011). After returning to The Dalles, I began a new career with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as Power Plant Mechanic at John Day Dam. My work with USACE included developmental assignments at Headquarters in Washington D.C., Southwest Border District in Phoenix, and at Bonneville Dam. Completed several post-graduate courses in Public Administration.

He is married to Carla Knowland, with three children, four grandsons, and one granddaughter arriving soon.  Volunteer as Range Safety Officer at Klickitat County Firearms Training Facility in Dallesport. Interests include history, politics, movies, music and pop culture.


City Councilor Dan Richardson 

Dan Richardson was raised in The Dalles, and returned in 2003 with his wife and daughter to raise their family here. His work history spans two careers. He spent 10 years working as a reporter and news editor for newspapers in New England, Spokane and Goldendale, Wash., where he was editor at The Goldendale Sentinel. More recently, Richardson has worked in natural resources conservation at a soil and water conservation district in Klickitat and Skamania Counties. There, he helps landowners on projects involving wildfire hazard-reduction, streams, native plants and habitats, and related projects mostly with rural landowners. Richardson has participated in a number of volunteer projects around The Dalles, and served a board member for five years with the Gorge Ecology Institute, providing ecology education to local students. He served on The Dalles Watershed Council, participated on The City of The Dalles Budget Committee since 2019, and in November 2020 was elected to serve as city councilor, Position 4. 

Richardson welcomes constituent questions or feedback by phone (541-238-2883) or email: .

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