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Gresham, Oregon

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Gresham is a town in Oregon.

Website evaluation

Last rated on August 11, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, agendas, and videos are posted.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is available for administrative officials.[4]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning are available.[5][6]
  • Audits
    • Audits are available through the search function.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bargaining unit contracts are provided.[8]
    • Some bid information is posted.[9]
  • Public Records
    • Information and request form available for public records.[10]
  • Local Taxes
    • Property tax information is available.[11]

The bad

  • Audits
    • Audits could not be found without using search function.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are not available.
  • Lobbying
    • No information regarding lobbying.


The 2012-2013 total budget is $343,315,779, or 0.6% less than the previous year's budget.[12]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Gresham City Council is made up of 6 members representing individual districts for staggered four year terms. The current mayor is Shane Bemis.[13]

First Last Position Term Expiration District
Shane Bemis Mayor 2014
David Widmark Councilor 2012 1
Josh Fuhrer Councilor 2014 2
Karylinn Echols Council President 2016 3
John Killian Councilor 2014 4
Paul Warr-King Councilor 2012 5
Lori Stegmann Councilor 2014 6

Administrative Officials

Under the city's council-manager form of government, the city council and the mayor select a city manager to oversee the day to day operation of the city. The current city manager is Erik Kvarsten.[14]


See also: Oregon public employee salaries

The Gresham website posts salary schedules here.


See also: Oregon public pensions

Emergency personnel

The city of Gresham has its own Fire and Police department.


See also: Oregon government sector lobbying

According to, the city of Gresham has spent $540,000 on lobbying since 2005.[15]

Year Amount Spent on Lobbying
2012 $40,000
2011 $80,000
2010 $80,000
2009 $80,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $60,000
2005 $40,000
Total $540,000

Transparency & public records

Information and request form available for public records on the Gresham website.[16]


The property tax rate is $3.61 per $1,000 of assessed value, but only 25% actually goes to the city.[17]

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