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411 West 8th St.
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2000
Fax: (541) 618-1700
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City of Medford Oregon / City Manager / City Manager

Eric Swanson, City Manager

Eric Swanson
Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson serves the City of Medford as City Manager and has a long history of municipal government administration. Mr. Swanson graduated in 1984 from the University of South Dakota (USD) with a degree in Criminal Justice. Following his Bachelor's degree, Mr. Swanson continued his education and earned a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from USD in 1986. Since that time he has worked continuously as a City Manager and   he brings over twenty-seven years of municipal government experience to Medford.

In addition to his service in local government, Mr. Swanson also serves his country as a Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard as Commander of the 173 Medical Group at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Mr. Swanson is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the 2008 Air National Guard Medical Service Corp Officer of the Year. His twenty-six years of service to his country has included several world-wide humanitarian and training related deployments. Most recently, he was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2007-2008 as a Deputy Commander of 447 EMEDS providing emergency and primary healthcare to civilian and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Swanson has been married to Jill for over twenty-six years and they have six children (ages 7-24).  Their two adult children, Erica and Aaron, are employed as a RN in Austin, TX and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Diver respectively.  The remaining children are enrolled in the Medford School system.

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and acts as the Chief Administrator for the City of Medford. This position is charged with the oversight of nine departments that comprise the organization. Part of the City Manager's responsibilities include:
 

  • Implementation of Council Directed Policy
  • Communicating and advising the City Council of all affairs and needs of the city
  • Ensuring that laws and ordinances governing this city are enforced appropriately
  • Development and adherence to the biennial City budget
  • Appointment of Department Heads, experts in their respective fields of municipal government


 



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