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City of Yreka Council Members

John Mercier - Mayor



410 Third Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 340-1692

I grew up in Lincoln, CA which is a small town nestled at the base of the foothills near Sacramento. After graduating high school I attended American River College where I earned an AA degree.  Following that I went on to join the I.B.E.W. (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local Union #340 in Sacramento, where I completed a 5 year apprenticeship and became a journeyman electrician.  After working for 10 years with the union in the Sacramento area, I decided that it was time for a change.  In 2000 I moved to Yreka, where I settled in and began a new chapter in life.  Here I met my wife Natalie Oliveira Mercier, a teacher at Jackson Street School, opened my own business (Mercier Electric) and began a family with two wonderful sons Mathew and Mason.  I really love the feel of our tight knit community which compelled me to become more active.  After 9 years on the Landmarks and Historic Commission, I decided to make a run at City Council.  Thanks to you, the citizens, I am now in my second term and currently serving as mayor.  These are exciting times and I look forward to watching our community flourish and grow.


Joan Smith Freeman - Mayor Pro-Tempore


(530) 966-5626


David Simmen



851 Outsen Road
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 340-0126 Cell

I grew up as a boy in Hilt, a small lumber town in the northern part of the County. When I was ready to start the Seventh Grade we moved to Yreka, which was the big City. It's funny because a lot of my current friends moved from "big" cities to Yreka; we all ended up in the same place, but took different directions to get here. I graduated from Jackson Street Elementary and later Yreka High School. After graduation, I enrolled in my new life at Chico State College. Learning everything I could about the new world, exploring and adding adventures to my life, I decided to come back to Siskiyou County and try my luck at being a Farmer. I loved the cows and the work, but the money never seemed to be there for me so I became a carpenter. Later expanding my trade to Building Contractor and after doing my small real estate projects got my Real Estate Broker's License. I have been involved in subdivisions, lot splits and one annexation. I currently, have a small residential subdivision and build homes for a living. I love Yreka and I am truly a Yreka Boy. Having this opportunity to be a part of City Government is very exciting and presents lots of challenges. I hope that at the end of my term, I will be able to say that "we did this or we did that" and maybe those changes would have made Yreka an even better place.


Deborah Baird



131 Dexter St.
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 598-9247

Born in Covington, Kentucky; we did a lot of moving when I was a child. Moving from Kentucky to Florida and then west across the United States to stay in Klamath Fall, Oregon where I graduated from high school. Moved to Manhattan, Kansas for a couple of years and then back to Klamath Falls. Moved to Carlsbad CA 12/1981 where I started working in the construction field as a paperhanger and painter. It was while I lived in Carlsbad I was able to attend Mira Costa College. We then moved back up to Siskiyou County in November of 1995 and I moved in to Yreka 12/05. It was a pleasure owning Yreka Paint & Decorating Ctr. for 13 ½ years which is when I started getting involved with community service thru Yreka Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Yreka Planning Commission. I have two wonderful sons, one here and one in Austin, TX. And blessed with 3 beautiful grandchildren. And I consider myself fortunate to have an extended family of 3 step-daughters with their families. Currently, I own Deb’s Window Coverings & More which continues to keep me involved in the business community. I feel so blessed and honored to know and be supported by so many hardworking honest people, as we have in our community. I look forward to serving as your council member.



Messages may also be left with the City Clerk or left in the Council's Mail Box at City Hall.

City Clerk: Elizabeth Casson (530)841-2324

The Council meets in the City Council Chamber, 701 Fourth Street, on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30PM.

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