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City of Yreka Council Members

Rob Bicego - Mayor 



P.O. Box 1756
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-4467

After my honorable discharge from the US Navy, I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California San Diego. I completed my Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. I completed my Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. All of my education was completed while working, with my post-graduate degrees completed while working full-time.

I married into Yreka when I met my future wife, JoAnn Arkfeld, who was raised in Yreka. When our daughter Katie was young, we decided to move to Yreka to raise her and to be close to family in Yreka.

I am an attorney with my own law firm, the Law Offices of Robert Bicego. My law practice has introduced me to many members of the community and it has made me sensitive to the need for employment opportunities. Having a job gives people a sense of dignity and self-respect and providing jobs, both current and planting the seeds for the future, is one of my major goals as a Yreka City Councilman.

I am active in the community. I was formerly on the Siskiyou Family YMCA as a Board member and served as its Chairman, a member of the Yreka Rotary, a member of the Siskiyou County Bar Association and served as its President, a member of Elks Lodge No.1980, a Master Mason member of Howard Lodge, and a firefighter in the Yreka Fire Department.

I am also a member of several other organizations, including a life-time membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the National Rifle Association, a “member grade” member of the International Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a member of the American Bar Association, a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and a member of the California Applicant Attorneys Association.

David Simmen - Mayor Pro-Tempore



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.

Bryan Foster



415 Summit Ct.
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-1091
(530) 598-7910

"The gold mining/lumber town of Grass Valley is where I was raised. My father was a genuine "jack of all trades" who had a knack for doing anything with nothing. My mother was a successful hairdresser with strong ties to the community. In high school I developed a passion for cycling and after graduation I hopped a plane for Holland and developed my trade as a bicycle racer in Europe. In the mid-90's I returned home, settled down and earned my degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Shasta College in Redding. Working as a helicopter mechanic for Erickson Air-Crane, my family and I settled in Yreka. We soon realized this was where we wanted to raise our kids. Many opportunities arose to lure us away, but we stayed here. We love Yreka with all it's ups and downs. It is truly a place to call home. I have since worked as a flatbed truck driver & log hauler and built my trade as a building contractor. I have discovered this community is strong and resilient. We seem to persevere when times are tough. We have strong moral values and a stronger work ethic. I think tougher economic times still lie ahead of us, but I believe Yreka will persevere again.

Rory McNeil



205 Hiram Page Road
  Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-6788

A fifth generation Yrekan, Rory McNeil comes from a family of civil servants. Rory was twice Mayor of Yreka and continues to serve as a Council Member on the City Council, the third woman in Yreka's past to do so. Of her home town, Rory writes, "I continually discover new and wonderful reasons to live here....I am proud of my city and I invite you to come stay a while here in Yreka. I promise that you'll soon discover that we aren't called the Golden City solely because of our golden past."

John Mercier


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


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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Page last updated: August 22, 2014 at 1:30pm