City of Medford Oregon / City Manager / City Manager Eric Swanson, City Manager
Mr. Swanson completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1984 and a Master of Public Administration in 1987, both from the University of South Dakota.
Mr. Swanson maintains the International City Managerís Association Credentialed City Manager designation and received the 30 Year ICMA Service Recognition Award.
Prior to his appointment as City Manager of Medford in June 2012, Mr. Swanson served in five other municipalities:
2005-2012 City Manager, Roseburg Oregon
1997-2005 City Manager, Yankton South Dakota
1991-1997 Town Manager, Hillsborough North Carolina
1987-1991 Town Manager, Southwest Harbor, Maine
1986-1987 Assistant to the City Manager, Vermillion South Dakota
Mr. Swanson also serves as the Executive Director for the Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA). Since arriving in Medford in 2012, MURA has assisted with the relocation of four major corporations into downtown Medford.
As Medfordís City Manager, Mr. Swanson has been instrumental in the advancement of strategic planning efforts and improvement projects such as the planned construction of a new Police headquarters, construction and replacement of four Fire stations, renovation of Hawthorne Park, development of Pear Blossom Park in downtown Medford, completion of U.S. Cellular Park Phase IV, and the partnership with the University of Oregonís Sustainable Cities Year Program.
Mr. Swanson has been a member of the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserves for over 27 years. Col. Swanson was the Medical Group Commander from 2010-2014 for the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster recognizing exceptional service to the State of Oregon and the Nation. In 2014 he was assigned as the Senior Medical Service Corp Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California.
Col. Swanson was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-2008. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts while deployed.
Mr. Swanson and his wife of 27 years, Jill, have six children.