Rainier city offices will be closed Thursday Nov 26 and Friday Nov 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Rainier City Council Members
Jerry Cole - MayorTerm Expires: 12/31/2022
Contact Information:Phone: 503-396-0683
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Jerry Cole says,
"It is an honor to serve the citizens of Rainier as their Mayor."
A lifelong resident of the Rainier area, growing up in Goble, Oregon. He went to school in Rainier graduating in 1991 and then went on to college in Portland studying Paramedic and Fire Science. Professionally he is a Lieutenant Firefighter / Paramedic with Columbia River Fire and Rescue andhas a strong passion for community service and helping people.
Jerry and his wife Kristi have two daughters and couldn't imagine raising their family anywhere else.
His main priority with the City is easy available contact and good representation of the citizens of Rainier. Jerry encourages anyone to call him at 503-396-0683 with concerns or issues that residents may have. If you have an item that needs to be brought to City Council contact him today.
Richard Sanders - Position #1Term Expires: 12/31/2022
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Richard "Rick" Sanders has lived in Columbia County for 25 Years and been a resident of Rainier for 15 of those years. He has three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He is an honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Rick is retired from Portland General Electric. He served In Rainier for two years on the Planning Commission and the Budget Committee before running for council in 2018. Rick enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, recreational boating and motorcycle riding.
Jenna Weaver - Position #2Term Expires: 12/31/2024
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Jenna is a 3rd generation native to the northwest, having grown up in Hillsboro, and lived in Beaverton, Portland, Lake Oswego, and now Rainier for the past 3 and a half years. She and her husband both care about their community and are loving raising their 2 children here.
Jenna has a Bachelor's degree from Portland State University with a background in Psychology. Her career has taken her from customer service to social work and now she enjoys working part time and being a mom.
Jenna's main goal with the City Council is to do her best to make sure the citizens of Rainier are heard. By listening and being faithful to the will of the people of the town we can ensure that Rainier is a prosperous, beautiful and happy place for everyone.
Brenda Tschida - Position #3Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Brenda Tschida and her husband moved to Rainier from Oklahoma. She has created several innovative programs in the cities where she has lived and currently works as a recruiter. Her passions include working with the homeless and the groups she started, which include Ladies of Rainier. Brenda's goal on the council is to have a new perspective and new eyes to hear and see all of the city's citizens.
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Connie Budge - Position #4Term Expires: 12/31/2022
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Connie Budge has lived in Rainier since 1949 and been active in city government since the 1980s. She earned her bachelors degree from Portland State College in 1967 and worked as a child protective caseworker from 1968 to 1975 and as a member of the Longview Police Department's people's assistance team until retiring in 1994.
She has previously served on the Rainier City Council, Planning Commission, Parks Advisory Board and as chair of the library board. In addition, she has served on the Columbia County Commissioner's Transit Advisory Board, as the chair of its Cultural Trust Commission and on the Columbia 911 Special District Board. Budge was the chair of the Cowlitz County Emergency Support Shelter Board, Substance Abuse Coalition, AIDS Task Force and the establishing Head Start Board. She's currently on the city's budget committee and the Columbia County Area Agency on Aging.
Budge wants to live out her life in Rainier. She would like the city to become an even healthier, safer, cleaner, more beautiful and welcoming community.
Robert DuPlessis - Position #5Term Expires: 12/31/2022
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Robert duPlessis and his wife chose to reside in Rainier in 2004 because they wanted to raise their children in a small town. He has served on the city council since 2014 and is an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 332.
Robert's top priority on council is public safety. His hobbies include woodworking, home improvements, kayaking and camping.
Mike Kreger - Position #6Term Expires: 12/31/2024
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Mike is a native Oregonian, raised in Odell & Portland. Relocated to St. Helens in 1997 and then to Rainier in 2004 where he lives with his wife Kathryn. He has three grown daughters and six grandchildren.
He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a former truck driver and instructor. Studied 911 tele-communications at PCC and was nationally certified. Now retired due to disability he enjoys serving this community in many ways including; former Rainier Days board member, member Rainier VFW post 1909, member Rainier Masonic Lodge, serves on the Rainier Cemetery District Audit Committee, and over five years as a Rainier Planning Commissioner.
"I look forward to serving the citizens of Rainier to the best of my ability"
Levi Richardson - Position #7Term Expires: 12/31/2024
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Levi Richardson moved to Rainier in 2019. He spent most of his life living across the river in SW Washington but was drawn to Rainier because of its "small town, friendly and down to earth" culture. Levi and his wife Amanda have five school-aged children and are enjoying raising their family in the beautiful community of Rainier!
Levi has worked for Steelscape - Coated Steel Products in Kalama for 24 years. He is an active member of his church and has served as a board member, youth leader and worship team member, among other ministry opportunities. Levi is also very active in coaching youth and Middle School sports.
Levi is looking forward to serving the people of Rainier by helping to maintain all the great things that make Rainier such a special place and by helping to improve our town in any way that is needed.