City Council Members are elected volunteers. They live within City limits and are your neighbors. They all have full-time jobs and families but they also spend a lot of time on City committees and projects because they love Mosier!
The Mosier City Council meets the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month. If you want to receive email notices of the meeting schedules and agendas, please email City Hall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us and help us to represent the needs of all Mosier citizens. Come to the City Office to ask about the election cycle. When there are vacancies on Council, you can apply for a nomination to a City Council seat. For an application form, click HERE.
The volunteers below are the faces of your Mosier local government.
ARLENE BURNS: Mayor
Arlene Burns had been exploring the hidden niches of the planet till Mosier found her one windy afternoon over 20 years ago. She has worked as an outdoor industry consultant, expedition leader, photojournalist, and in various capacities in the film industry. She hopes to bring some of her global perspective and creative problem solving to the challenges facing our small community and to help create a template that will serve not only Mosier but other small communities with limited population and infrastructure. Arlene Burns was elected Mayor of Mosier in November of 2014. You can reach her at email@example.com
Witt Anderson and his wife Myrna moved to Mosier in 2016 after living in the Sherwood/Newberg area for nearly 30 years. Witt retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers with 35 years of service involving the Federal Columbia River Power System. He previously spent several years as a volunteer and Board member with Habitat for Humanity and currently is a volunteer with the Mosier Fire District. Witt continues part-time work as a consultant with Federal agencies and Tribes on Columbia River issues and aside from volunteer work, he and Myrna enjoy outdoor recreation activities in the Gorge.
ACASIA BERRY: City Councilor
Acasia Berry has worked in conservation for over 30 years and hopes her fundraising, community engagement, and fiscal management experience will benefit Mosier. Her work experience includes running an experiential learning river festival, riparian restoration, and arid land water catchment. She is amazed at all there is to explore and discover in the Gorge and is proud to call Mosier home.
Charles Cannon, LAc: Charlie was appointed to Mosier City Council in 2019. He has been a member of the Mosier Community for over 20 years and is a second-generation Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, licensed Acupuncturist, and Board Certified Herbalist. In February 2016, Charlie became the only certified acupuncture sports medicine practitioner in the Gorge. He holds a Master’s degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Nursing, Emergency Medicine, and Philosophy from theUniversity of Utah (2000-2004). As a sponsored telemark skier of 12 years and a celebrated competitor in big-mountain competitions, Charlie has a deep passion for skiing as well as snowboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and George recreation.
LACY GRIES: City Councilor
Lacy Gries joined Mosier City Council in May 2016. She loves the small, beautiful town of Mosier and wants to help further promote the city's current plan and direction in terms of future growth and development. Lacy hopes her experience as a teacher and a union representative will positively contribute to the council and community. Lacy enjoys yoga, sailing, and sunshine. She is loving life with her husband and every moment spent in Mosier.
PENY WALLACE: City Councilor
Peny Wallace has lived in Mosier since 1990. She has been on City Council since 2004. She feels that Mosier is a very special place with very unique and appreciative residents. She supports local voice and their best interests and has been on a variety of committees working towards these goals. She enjoys hiking, sailing, jogging, and all the beautiful adventures that the Gorge has to offer. She teaches Art at The Dalles Wahtonka High School and is a Lifecast artist in her artistic profession. She plays music both in the local Community Orchestra-Symphonetta and in Barley Draught, a Gorge area Irish band. Her daughter and husband also live in the area and she is a Grandmother of 2 twin Grandsons who live in Springfield, Oregon. She has been a resident of Oregon for the past 30 years attending Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon. She loves living in Mosier in all seasons and would not want to be anywhere else.
RON WRIGHT: City Councilor
Ron and his wife Jodi recently moved to Mosier in 2018. They love the strong sense of community here, and the benefits of living in a small town. They also enjoy local activities, including windsurfing, skiing, cycling, kayaking and hiking. And now there are grandbabies to play with too! Before retiring and moving to Mosier, Ron worked as a test engineer for Intel Corp in Beaverton. There he used his natural curiosity and troubleshooting skills to help debug the silicon manufacturing process, as well as design process test structures for device characterization. He hopes this ability to understand and evaluate complex systems will be of value when helping to move Mosier forward as the council tackles infrastructure and policy challenges in the coming years.