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City of Yreka Council Members

John Mercier - Mayor

Johnmercier

Contact:

410 Third Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 340-1692
jmercier@ci.yreka.ca.us

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

Contact:

(530) 966-5626
jfreeman@ci.yreka.ca.us

 

David Simmen

David

Contact:

851 Outsen Road
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 340-0126 Cell
dsimmen@ci.yreka.ca.us

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

Debbaird

Contact:

131 Dexter St.
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 598-9247
dbaird@ci.yreka.ca.us

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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