Jeff Towery Phone: (503) 434-7302
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief executive officer under the policy direction and goals of the City Council. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing City operations including financial and personnel activities for the following departments: Administration, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Information Technology, Legal and Municipal Court, Library, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Police.
Jeff Towery began his career in Coos Bay, OR by serving as Assistant to the City Manager, City Manager Pro Tem and Assistant City Manager from February 1986 to May 1990. From there he went on to Cottage Grove, OR as the City Manager from June 1990 to March 1997 and held the same position in Auburn, NY from April 1997 to November 1998. In December 1998 he established Towery Consulting providing consulting services to local governments and other agencies until December 2005 on a part time basis. In August 2001 Towery joined Lane County, OR as a Management Analyst II for one year and then served as the Land Management Manager until April 2007. He was hired as Assistant City Manager for the City of Springfield, OR in April 2007, serving in that position until June 2016. Towery became the City Manager for the City of McMinnville, OR in February 2017.
Towery holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montana State University. He has served on a variety of boards and committees for several professional and community organizations including the International City/County Management Association, the Oregon Chapter of ICMA, United Way and Rotary. Towery currently serves ICMA as one of three West Coast Vice-Presidents, sitting on the Committee for Professional Conduct (2015-16), the Membership Committee (2017) and Board Liaison to the Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee (2015) and Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (2016-17). He is married to Doris and has two children, Jared and Paige.
David Koch Phone: (503) 434-7303
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and provides legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission and all City departments, boards and commissions. The office is responsible for prosecution of traffic and ordinance violations and misdemeanor offenses in Municipal Court, as well as preparing all ordinances and resolutions for Council action. The City Attorney's office cannot provide legal advice to the public.
City Recorder and Legal Assistant
Melissa Grace Phone: (503) 435-5702
The City Recorder is appointed by the City Council and combines statutory responsibility for records, official documents and elections with advanced administrative support to the Mayor and City Council. The City Recorder maintains the Municipal Code and is custodian of the City’s permanent public records, including its archives. In addition, the position provides technical and analytical support to the City Attorney.
Erica Thomas Phone: (503) 434-2328
The Administrative Assistant is a part time position. In addition to providing web site maintenance, the Administrative Assistant works closely with the City Recorder to provide support to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager and City Attorney.