City Welcomes New Councilor

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The City of Pendleton welcomes Chuck Wood as its newest City Councilor. 

Chuck shares the following message: 

From the day we arrived, we have felt welcomed and accepted by the entire community.  We have two grown daughters, Eileen who is married with two children in Duluth, Minnesota and Marseille, a nurse in Portland.

My background is varied, spanning several states and communities, with over 27 years of engineering, planning, administrative and management experience in the private sector, and 9 years of management experience in the public sector.  Most of my career was in electric, water and wastewater utilities as an electrical engineer and later in management. Suzi and I are also former independent business owners of small businesses in Duluth, Minnesota and Whitefish, Montana.

We came to Pendleton when I was hired as the Manager of the Oregon Employment Department offices in Pendleton and Milton-Freewater.  Later, I became Human Resources Manager of the Eastern Oregon Training Center and Blue Mountain Recovery Center.

Retiring in 2008, I took a year off and rode a bike across the United States with a group of friends and upon returning, started personal training and teaching classes at the Roundup Athletic Club, retiring once again this past December.

In Pendleton, I have served on the city Planning Commission since 2008, the Capital Improvement Program since 2007, the I-84/US 395 Interchange Management Plan Public Advisory Committee in 2010, and was a city ski bus chaperone for 3 years.

Pendleton is a friendly place with a rich history and a list of amenities unheard of for a community of our size. While establishing policy for the city is a primary responsibility for a city councilor, establishing trust with those you serve is essential and requires taking the time and energy to listen to ideas, suggestions, and criticisms and react appropriately. I am setting up a Facebook Page (Chuck Wood, Pendleton City Council, Ward 2), and will be having a meet and greet the third Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 AM at the Cookie Tree to solicit and respond to issues and how the community relates to them.

My experience working with the city has shown me what a tremendous asset we have in staff and resources. I eagerly look forward to getting to know everyone more and to help our city reach its full potential.

Chuck and his wife Suzi moved to Pendleton in 1999.