Councilor Kirk French

  • Term of Office: January 2015 to December 2018

    Kirk FrenchKirk French was elected to a four-year term in Council Position 2 on Nov. 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on Jan. 6, 2015. He had previously been appointed to fill a vacancy in the seat, serving from October 2013 to December 2014.  He was elected Council President on Jan. 3, 2017 by his fellow Councilors and will serve one year in the position.

    Councilor French was the president of the Burns Brothers Truck Stop and also served as the district manager of Travel Centers of America before his retirement.

    His primary committee assignments include: the Planning and Design Commissions, Regional Water Providers Consortium, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, Gresham Task Force on Homelessness and the Council Employee Subcommittee. His alternate roles include: Urban Forestry Subcommittee, Council Transportation Advisory Subcommittee, and East Multnomah County Transportation Committee. 

    Councilor French didn't move to Gresham in 2007 with his eye on a Gresham City Council seat. But after a two-year stint on the City’s Finance and Budget Committees – where he quickly became known as a spreadsheet sleuth – he decided it was time to take on an even larger role preserving his adopted city’s livability and guiding its future. 

    “It was something I needed to do,” he says. “And you have to get into the details if you want to get involved and make the decisions.” 

    As a member of Council, his top priorities include job creation in East Multnomah County, financial stability and in-depth fiscal oversight. Supporting police services is vitally important to him. “I’m goal-driven, and I love to get things accomplished,” he told an Oregonian reporter shortly after his initial appointment.