Councilor Kirk French

  • Term of Office: January 2015 to December 2018

    Kirk FrenchKirk French was appointed to fill a vacancy in Position 2, in October 2013 and was elected to serve in the position for a four-year term on Nov. 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on Jan. 6, 2015. In January 2017 and again in 2018 his fellow Councilors elected him as Council President.

    Councilor French was formerly the President of Burns Bros Truck Stops, and also worked with Travel Centers of America as a Regional Vice President.
    Before joining Council, he served on the Board of Directors for the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce as treasurer, was appointed to the City’s Finance and Budget Committee, and was a volunteer member of the Rise Advance Dream (RAD) committee.

    Currently, Councilor French serves as the Council Liaison to the Transportation Subcommittee, Urban Forestry Subcommittee, Regional Water Providers Consortium Board and Executive team as a representative for Multnomah County, Design Commission, Planning Commission, Urban Renewal Commission, Emergency Preparedness Task Force, and the Gresham Task Force on Housing.

    Councilor French’s priorities include: Public Safety, Transportation, Economic Development, Housing, improving Gresham’s Parks system and collaborating with para organizations to support our Veterans and provide better opportunities for Gresham Youth. When asked why he wanted to serve as a City Councilor, he stated, “It’s important to me that we build on our deep sense of community pride and continue to wisely manage our public resources and services.”