Mayor Shane Bemis
Term of Office: January 2011 – December 2014
Read the Mayor's 2013 State of the City Address.
Shane T. Bemis was sworn in to office as the City of Gresham’s 26th Mayor on January 2, 2007 and re-elected to a second term in November 2010. At the age of 34, Bemis became the youngest Mayor to serve the City of Gresham.
Elected to the Gresham City Council in 2002, Bemis brought a passion for economic development, business, and community safety to City Hall. He was appointed Council President by his colleagues for three years prior to his successful bid for Mayor. Under his leadership the City Council adopted their first ever annual Council Work Plan in 2007, which put the operations of the City into a business-like planning document, charting out the goals and initiatives of the Council on a quarterly basis.
Bemis was the architect of the City’s push in 2007 to clean up the MAX line by assigning uniformed officers to patrol the trains, a program credited with increased safety on light rail in Gresham. Bemis’ advocacy also sparked the creation of a dedicated TriMet law enforcement precinct housed in the Gresham Police Department.
A stalwart supporter of sustainable practices, Bemis signed the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement shortly after he took office. In his first year as Mayor, the City of Gresham enacted its first backyard burn-ban policy, introduced co-mingled residential recycling roll carts, used green deconstruction techniques to dismantle and recycle the former Rockwood Fred Meyer building, and partnered with Metro to expand open space on Darby Ridge and Hogan Butte.
Currently a restaurant owner in Gresham’s historic downtown, Bemis started his first business venture in 1999 at the age of 27. In 2007, the Portland Business Journal honored Bemis as one of the region’s “Forty Under 40 Award” recipients. The “Forty Under 40 Award” honors 40 people in the region under the age of 40 who have shown great accomplishments in their professional lives and made outstanding contributions to their communities. In 2008 Bemis was honored with a Certificate of Recognition by the Oregon Mayors Association for his leadership as Mayor of Gresham.
As an alumnus of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and a downtown business owner, Bemis has brought his unique perspective on urban form and design to the City of Gresham. He believes that careful planning and design can help stimulate a vibrant economy as well as lasting livability.
Bemis furthers his community interests through board service. During his time in office he has served on boards for the League of Oregon Cities, East Metro Economic Alliance, Regional Partners Council (an economic development group that later became part of Greater Portland Inc.), Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), and the Regional Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force.
Furthering his interest in successful economic development and job growth in Gresham and as a local restaurateur, Bemis is active in the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association. As Mayor, Bemis is also the Chairman of the City’s redevelopment commission, which guides the Rockwood urban renewal district.
In 2005 Bemis Chaired Gresham’s Centennial Celebration Committee, which planned and hosted events to celebrate Gresham’s 100th birthday. The same year he was honored as Gresham’s “Citizen of the Year” for his service to the community.
Mayor Bemis can be reached at 503-618-2584 or MayorBemis@GreshamOregon.gov.