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Mayor Karylinn Echols

  • Term of Office:  June 2020 to December 2020

    Karylinn Echols

    Karylinn Echols was appointed and sworn into the position of Mayor on June 29, 2020. Her term runs through the November election. Mayor Echols was originally re-elected to the Gresham City Council in the November 2012 election and was sworn into a four-year term on Jan. 8, 2013.

    Mayor Echols served in the Council Position 3 seat beginning Jan. 18, 2011, after being unanimously appointed by Council to the vacant seat, and then elected by the public in May 2011 to continue in the position. She also served on Council from 2005 to 2007 after being elected to office.

    Mayor Echols was elected by the Council to serve as Council President for both 2012 and 2013 and was elected to the Vice Chair position of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission in 2016.

    Mayor Echols' committee assignments included: Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Board - Chair, Council Employee Subcommittee, Gresham Task Force on Homelessness, A Home for Everyone Executive Committee, Burnside Bridge Earthquake Ready, and the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization's Policy Committee. She serves as an alternate on the Community Development and Housing Subcommittee and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission.

    Her background includes work in the public, private, education, and non-profit sectors. She previously served as the executive director of the Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc., a nationwide professional trade association.

    Mayor Echols holds a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is a former board member and officer of the Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation, and a former board member and president of MetroEast Community Media.

    Mayor Echols' priorities include listening to the community as the City moves forward; continuing to support residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic; improving equity and transparency in how the City works; and the City's budget shortage.