City of Yreka Council Members
Joan Smith Freeman - Mayor
Joan Smith Freeman is Mayor of the City of Yreka.
She has lived in the area since 1974. She lives in Yreka with her husband, Gary. Joan is very proud of her two grown sons, daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. Joan, along with her husband Gary, has been the Owner/Principal and President of ClearPath Consulting since 2005.
Joan was elected to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors in 1997 and served two terms, retiring in January 2005. While serving as Siskiyou County Supervisor she was on the Executive Board for Regional Council of Rural Counties, served on the Executive Board of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and served as Chair of the Ag & Natural Resources Committee for CSAC. She also served on the Technology Committee and the Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee for National Association of Counties.
Joan is very honored to have received the California State Assembly “Woman of the Year Award” for Assembly District 2. She is the President and founding member of the Yreka Chapter of Women in Business Network.
Joan was President of the National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils and on the Board for a number of years. She was a long time director on the NoRTEC Board of Directors (Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium). This organization brings training, jobs and funding to the north state. She was also on the Superior California Economic Development District Board. She was President of the Siskiyou County Economic Development Council and a member of the Board of Directors for 14 years.
Joan Smith Freeman has a long history of working on local issues as Executive Director of the Klamath Alliance for Resources and Environment (KARE), Siskiyou County Farm Bureau as well as the Yreka Chamber of Commerce. She has been a member of the Montague and Yreka Rotary for a total of 20 years including a year serving as Yreka Rotary President from July 2013 to June 2014.
Deborah Baird - Mayor Pro-Tempore
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 Falls, 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 through 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.
(530) 598-9663 Cell
I am a lifelong resident of Yreka, my family among the first settlers of the Little Shasta Valley. I attended school in Yreka, and graduated from Yreka High School. My first job was at Yreka Auto Parts, where I worked for 14 years. In 1999, I left the store to open my own cabinet shop. For the past 17 years, I have owned and operated Kegg’s Kreations in Yreka. It has grown from a small business that I ran by myself, to a thriving business with several employees. In 2013, I opened the Siskiyou Builders Exchange to help local contractors/businesses find area projects while helping customers find local contractors and businesses. I have watched our city change over the decades, and I am excited to help guide Yreka into the future. I believe there are many things that can be done to address the issues our city faces, to help it grow stronger, while maintaining its small town spirit. That is why I served on the Yreka Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 4 years, and then served for 2 years on the Yreka Planning Commission. I am excited for this chance to help Yreka grow in new and positive ways.
Norman J. Shaskey
P.O. Box 1679
Yreka, CA 96097-1679
Certified Public Accountant licensed in California & Oregon with a CPA tax practice.
M.A. & B.A. Economics - University of California with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
My hobby is to run long distance races to stay in shape. I am a member of the Southern Oregon Runners of Medford, OR, which sponsors 20 races a year from one mile to a half marathon (13.1 miles).
I built my home in Yreka 2001-2002.
Before moving to Yreka, I worked as a corporate controller/chief financial officer for a number of corporations.
I served 9 years as a Councilmember/Mayor for the City of Mountain View, where I was chair of the City Finance Committee for 8 years.
Prior to my Mountain View service, I was elected as a Trustee of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.
Mr. Bicego is principal and owner of the Law Offices of Robert Bicego. His practice includes workers’ compensation, veteran’s benefits, and social security. He is also a member of several service organizations, and together with his wife, JoAnn, they support a number of nonprofit entities in Siskiyou County. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy (Marines and sailors called him "doc"), he remained in San Diego and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law. He has been a Yreka Fire Department firefighter for over 10 years. He was also a former councilmember and served as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Yreka. He decided not to run for re-election and retired from politics. He volunteered to fill out the remaining term of one and a half years after a former councilmember resigned. It was his belief that his past experience would provide value to the council for the short period required and allow those interested parties seeking election to be vetted during the normal election cycle in 2018. He does not intend to run for re-election in 2018 and encourages those who wish to serve their city on the city council to exercise their rights in a free society by running for the office of councilmember.
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.