Newly Elected Mayor & City Council (effective 1/1/19)
» Jason Snider (Mayor)
» John Goodhouse (Councilor)
» Liz Newton (Councilor)
» Tom Anderson (Councilor)
Jason Snider, Mayor
Term Expires: 12/31/22
Mayor Jason Snider has been a Tigard resident since 1999. He is the administrator of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Regional General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Departments, and began his career as a clinical manager at American Medical Response.
Mayor Snider was drawn to public service early in life; he worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) his senior year of high school and served two years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board, in Southern California, during his junior and senior years of high school. In college, Mayor Snider took a semester off to attend paramedic school in Los Angeles, and he maintains his paramedic certification to this day.
Jason has been a volunteer coach for Tigard Youth Soccer and Tigard Youth Football. He also served as a Tigard Reserve Police Officer from 2001 to 2004, and was a member and chair of the City of Tigard Budget Committee from May 2005 to December 2009. First elected to the Tigard City Council in 2013, he served as City Council President from 2015 to 2018.
Mayor Snider has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Biology from Willamette University in Salem, and a Master of Science in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.
Jason and his wife, Jodi, have three children—two attend Durham Elementary and one attends Twality Middle School. His personal interests include poker and remote-controlled helicopters.
John Goodhouse, Councilor
Term Expires: 12/31/22
Councilor Goodhouse is an independent insurance agent and local business owner who has been a resident of Tigard since 1974. He’s married to Rebecca and proud father to three children. He received his bachelor's degree in management, communications and leadership from Concordia University.
His volunteer service to the Tigard community includes past membership on the Tigard Planning Commission, the Tigard Chamber of Commerce Government & Public Policy committee, a position on the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Government Affairs Council chair, service as past president of Men’s Auxiliary VFW Post 3452 and youth support as a Cub Scout leader, sports coach, classroom volunteer and Friends of Tigard Football.
Tom Anderson, Councilor
Term Expires: 12/31/20
Tom Anderson has been an independent real estate agent for over 18 years. He is the owner and principal broker of Tigard Real Estate.
Tom served on the Tigard Planning Commission for 7 years, including a stint as President. During his service time, the Planning Commission completed the Comprehensive Plan and the award winning Urban Forestry Plan. Tom has demonstrated leadership, an understanding of how to get citizen input, and his ability to work with city leaders.
Liz Newton, Councilor
Term Expires: 12/31/22
Liz Newton grew up in East Washington County and has been an active member of the Tigard community for more than 38 years. She owns a home here and spent her career as a Tigard city employee, holding many different positions including senior planner and community involvement coordinator. For the last 12 years before her 2017 retirement, she served as assistant city manager. Liz holds a B.A. from Portland State University and earned a certificate from the Mark Hatfield School of Government Executive Leadership Institute at PSU.
Liz knows that the top priorities of Tigard businesses and residents are community safety, a well-maintained infrastructure and addressing traffic congestion, so she will focus on those priorities as a City Councilor. She will continue to engage with Tigard residents and business owners, listening to their concerns and working with regional partners, nonprofits and elected representatives to find solutions.
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Business meetings are regular meetings where Council may deliberate toward a final decision on an agenda item including consideration of ordinances, resolutions and conducting public hearings. Business meetings are open to the public and regularly scheduled business meetings are televised. Business meetings held on the 1st Tuesday of each month are generally scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., while Business meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month are generally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with a study session preceding the Business meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Workshop meetings are regular meetings where Council reviews and discusses agenda topics. Council may not make final decisions during the meeting. Workshop meetings may be televised and are open to the public. Public testimony is generally not taken at Workshop Meetings unless the Mayor or Council so choose. Workshop agenda items are generally topics which Council is receiving preliminary information on and providing direction for further staff analysis and information gathering for a later business meeting.
Study Sessions precede or follow a Business Meeting or Workshop Meeting. They are conducted in a Workshop-type setting to provide an opportunity for Council to review the Business Meeting Agenda and to ask questions for clarification on issues or on process. Information is also shared on items that are time sensitive. During Study Sessions, any Council member may call for a Point of Order whenever he or she wishes to stop the “discussion” because he or she feels that it is more appropriate for the City Council to discuss the matter during the Council Business meeting.
Executive Sessions are meetings conducted by the Council with appropriate staff or advisors for deliberation on certain matters in a setting closed to the public. Executive Sessions may be held during a regular, special or emergency meeting after the Presiding Officer has identified the ORS authorization for holding the Executive Session. Among the permitted topics are employment of a public officer, deliberations with the persons designated by the Council to carry on labor negotiations, deliberations with persons designated to negotiate real property transactions, and to consult with legal counsel regarding current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
Form of Government
Tigard operates under the Mayor/Council form of government which utilizes a city manager to act as the administrative head of the government of the city. The chief characteristic of this form is that the Council appoints a qualified person as City Manager or Administrator to take charge of the daily supervision of the City affairs. The Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council.The Mayor
Tigard's Mayor is elected at a general state election for a four-year period. The Mayor may not serve more than eight consecutive years as Mayor or on Council for more than twelve consecutive years.
- Serves as Chairman of Council and presides over its deliberations. He/she has a vote on all questions brought before the Council.
- Shall appoint the committees provided by the rules of Council.
- Shall sign all approved records of proceedings of the Council and counter-sign all orders on the treasury.
- Shall have no veto power and shall authenticate by signature all ordinances passed by the Council after being enacted.
- Is recognized as a community leader and serves as the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes.
The Council President
The Councilor in this position presides over the Council in the Mayor's absence and may perform other functions of the Mayor at those times.
Except as stipulated otherwise in the City Charter, all powers of the city shall be vested in the Council.
- There are four Council positions; Councilors are elected from the city at large.
- Two Councilors are elected at each biennial general state election for a four-year term. No Councilor may serve more than eight consecutive years. (Exception: Limitation does not apply to filling of unexpired term.)
- The Council exercises all discretionary powers of the city, both legislative and executive, and has complete control over the City Administration; exercising this control through the City Administrator.
- The Council adopts city laws and changes them as needed.
- The Council determines city policies and sets standards.
- Determines recommendations as to what city taxes should be levied.