City Council

The City Council is comprised of 6 council members and the Mayor. The City Council meets every second and forth Monday evening each month and you can find details about upcoming sessions and past sessions by visiting the Agendas & Minutes.

Hood River City Charter 

City Council Procedures 2011

Mayor - Paul Blackburn

Bio: I’ve lived here with my family for 15 years and am honored to be working to keep this community a great place for all of us. I will strive to keep our city government efficient, transparent and service-oriented.

I have been elected to City Council, Library District, and school local committees, and I have served on numerous nonprofit boards. My wife, Dr. Kristen Dillon, is a partner at Columbia Gorge Family Medicine in the Heights. We have 2 daughters, one at HRV and one in college. When not volunteering at church or local nonprofits, I can often be found enjoying the Gorge on a bike, skis or paddle board or behind my banjo.

Phone: (541) 436-0654 


Council President - Kate McBride  

Kate McBrideBio: Kate has lived in the Hood River Valley all of her life.  Raising two girls and donating time to school activities and related volunteer activities were her civic focus for 15 years.  Real estate sales dominated her life for 14 years and she currently works for a non-profit as their Land Trust Manager.  Most recently she served on the Hood River Planning Commission for 7+ years.  She believes that planning is what will shape the community in the ways that residents desire.  She is passionate about supporting ways to make housing affordable, so local working families can continue to live here and be involved in schools, arts, recreation, and local government service.  Her interests include hiking, windsurfing, sewing and gardening.  She welcomes suggestions and open communication between council and the citizens of Hood River.  Please call or e-mail her anytime, with ideas and concerns. 

Message Line: (541) 436-0654

Council Member - Laurent Picard


Phone: (503) 708-5925
Message Line: (541) 436-0654  


Council Member - Mark Zanmiller

COUNCIL MEMBER - MARK ZANMILLERBio:  I believe that Hood River is truly a special place and as City leaders and proponents, we have the responsibility to encourage and build on what we have, without screwing it up.  A short biography:

• We moved to Hood River in 1991 and into our current home in 1992. Kym and I have two wonderful daughters.   I enjoy coffee, hiking, skiing, jogging, and garden puttering.  As a pedestrian commuter, I have walked/jogged over 12,000 miles in Hood River! 
• I have served 15 years as elected board member of the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District.  I was co-chair of the City Waterfront Park Development Committee, and have stayed involved in a range of volunteer activities.
• 21 years working in our local high-tech industry as engineer, BD executive, and entrepreneur.

I like to ask the following when examining any issue:  
1. Are we sure we can continue to meet previous commitments before we agree to new ones?  We have to stay within our budget and have available bandwidth.  The fun part is finding ways to achieve the new without adding risk.
2. How can we do things better and more efficiently?  Strive for continuous improvement.
3. Are we letting ourselves think outside the box and allow ourselves to discuss bold solutions and opportunities?   If we just stay with the safe choices, we are less for it.
4. How will our decision affect the things we love about our town – human/pedestrian scale, recreational opportunities, close connections to the environment, good jobs, a close knit community, etc.?

Like my fellow councilors, I think our goals are best reached with full community involvement and I encourage both formal and informal feedback and inputs.  Please feel free to contact me. 

Message Line: (541) 436-0654  

Council Member - Susan Johnson

Message Line: (541) 436-0654  

Council Member - Peter Cornelison  

Bio: I came to Oregon in 1972 to attend the University of Oregon and I have lived in Hood River since 2000. I work for Friends of the Columbia Gorge as a Field Representative helping to protect our wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge. For over a decade I have joined with others to fight developments such as destinations resorts, mega casinos, poorly sited wind turbines and currently oil and coal shipments that threaten the quality of life in the Gorge. I am an active kayaker, skier, biker and hiker. Before moving to Hood River I was the president of a family-owned manufacturing business in the woodstove industry with 30 employees. I care deeply about creating community in our beautiful town, promoting bicycle use and mitigating/adapting to the impacts of climate change both at a city wide and citizen level. I welcome your input and suggestions.

Message Line: (541) 436-0654

Council Member - Becky Brun

Bio: I'm a professional writer, small business owner, and a board member of Gorge Owned, a non-profit helping local residents invest in a healthy environment and vibrant community. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2000 and have been a resident of Hood River since 2009. I love trail running, mountain biking, skiing and gardening, and have a keen interest in land-use planning. Before running for City Council, I served on the Hood River Urban Renewal Advisory Board.


I enjoy problem solving and working with others to implement creative solutions. When making decisions, I feel that it's important to take a long-term approach and weigh the needs of today's residents with the needs of those who will live here in the future. I'm excited to work with City Council, staff and citizens on initiatives that will allow Hood River to maintain our unique identity while creating jobs, boosting affordable housing, and inspiring innovative development that attracts businesses, residents and tourists alike. Don't hesitate to get in touch. I'd love to hear your ideas. 

Message Line: (541) 436-0654