David Frasher's - Professional Experience

City Management and Administration

City Manager David Frasher - City of Oregon City, OR

City of Oregon City, Oregon

City Manager

April 2010 - October 2015

Oregon City is a thriving historic community of approximately 35,000 located at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers just a few miles southeast of Portland, Oregon. The first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains, Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County (pop. 386,143), served as the first capitol city of the Oregon Territory, and is the terminal site of the epic Oregon Trail. Today, Oregon City is a full service metropolitan community reflecting the character of it's rich history while offering nearly instant access to all of the amenties within the Portland area, including a plethora of opportunities to enjoy arts, culture, retail, employment, medical services, education, and recreation that contribute to the exceptional quality of life in Oregon City.

The City Manager reports to a five member City Commission that includes the Mayor and Commission President. The City's 2010/11 annual budget is nearly $91 million with an additional $11 million dedicated to capital projects within the City's Urban Renewal District. The City Manager is responsible for the development and administration of each of these budgets as well as all daily operations of the city, including various municipal departments charged with the delivery of services for police, public works, community services, human resources, library, finance, community development and administration.

Notable Achievements
  • Initiated or completed major generational projects in Oregon City including the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, Carnegie Library expansion, acquisition and funding for a new City Hall, Police, and Municipal Court campus, The Cove Development, the Jughandle transportation project, Downtown Revitalization, countless Urban Renewal projects, Ermatinger House restoration, the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and many others
  • Provided outstanding and consistent award-winning financial management and worked with the Finance Director to completely overhaul, improve, and modernize the City's Finance Department and made major improvements to other Departments as well
  • Implemented innovative ideas generating millions of dollars in new revenues for the City, provided greater fairness and cost savings to local tax payers and businesses, and developed one of the most successful right-of-way management programs in the state
  • Helped improve the City's tax base and local economy through work with the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon City Business Alliance, Clackamas Community College, the Downtown Oregon City Association, dozens of large and small businesses, and state, local, and regional agencies and elected officials
  • Assembled, inspired, and led a truly exceptional team of talented senior and intermediate staff, providing outstanding guidance, customer service, professionalism and supervision for every Department or municipal service in the City
  • Improved the image of Oregon City, and provided greater transparency, accountability, and communication with citizens, businesses, and the media
  • Improved relationships with the City's labor groups, reduced liabilities, and helped improve safety and reduce insurance costs, claims, and risks, and created the City's first comprehensive and successful ethics program to improve the public's trust in local government
City Manager David Frasher - City of Grants Pass, OR

City of Grants Pass, Oregon

City Manager

October 2005 - August 2009

Grants Pass (population approx. 31,000) is a growing, thriving community located in southern Oregon and serves as the major commercial and employment center for a county population of more than 80,000. Grants Pass is a full service city with 231 authorized full-time employees and an annual budget of $91 million.

The City Manager reports to the City Council and is responsible for daily operations of all municipal departments including Administration, Finance, Police/Fire, Public Works, Community Development, Human Resources, and Parks & Community Services. The Manager also serves as the city's Budget Officer and manages the Grants Pass Redevelopment Agency, including the Agency budget of approximately 2.5 million annually.

Notable Achievements
  • Dramatically improved relationships with employee labor groups (Police, Fire, Teamsters), avoiding costly arbitration while successfully negotiating new contracts with significant savings for the municipality
  • Worked with Council and staff to win voter approval of a $9.8 million capitol levy for the construction of new police and fire facilities
  • Led community efforts to employ boulevard concepts and business-friendly roadway design in cooperation with Oregon Department of Transportation on estimated $35 million project
  • Worked cooperatively with employee groups to revise costly overtime, post-retirement, and early retirement benefit programs
  • Developed, implemented or updated several new growth management policies aimed at increasing sustainability, including new system development charges, transportation safety policies, and local improvement district policies
City Administrator David Frasher - City of Ashland, WI

City of Ashland, Wisconsin

City Administrator

2001 - 2005

Ashland is a historic coastal city and home to nationally renowned Northland College. The city is located on the south shore of Lake Superior, surrounded by National Forest, park lands, and plentiful natural resources. Ashland is a full service city with 103 full-time employees, a $19 million annual budget, and a population of approximately 9,000 residents.

The City Administrator reports to an eleven member City Council and works closely with a part-time Mayor. The Administrator is responsible for budgeting, strategic planning, policy development, media relations, union negotiations and daily operations of all City Departments including Police, Fire/EMS, Municipal Marina, Community Development, Public Works, Utilities, Finance, Airport, Leisure Services, Library, Human Resources, City Clerk, and Technology Services.

Notable Achievements
  • Managed adoption of a new "Smart Growth" Comprehensive Plan that was chosen as the best in the State of Wisconsin by the American Planning Association
  • Obtained more than thirteen million dollars in state and federal grants within a four-year period
  • Developed efficiency plans affecting five City Departments, allowing staff reductions and improved customer service
  • Collaborated with Wisconsin Department of Transportation Design Team on a $10 million major reconstruction of U.S. Highway 2 through city limits
  • Led the community to designation as nation's second "eco-municipality" in partnership with international representatives of the Sustainable Sweden Program
Administrator David Frasher - City of Oak Grove, MO

City of Oak Grove, Missouri

City Administrator

1999 - 2001

Oak Grove, a Kansas City suburb of 6,000 residents was undergoing tremendous growth during my time of service. Annual budget of $5 million with 37 full-time employees.

The Administrator was responsible for all aspects of managing and operating the municipality under the supervision of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Responsibilities included finance & budgeting, coordinating departments, leading & managing personnel, strategic planning, public utilities, police, parks, public works, codes enforcement, coordinating external consultants, relating to boards and committees, attracting and accommodating businesses, as well as general problem solving, and media relations.

Notable Achievements
  • Received city's first ever Government Finance Officer's Association Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation
  • Implemented customer service training certification program for all staff
  • Implemented an Internet bidding policy to improve efficiency and competitiveness in municipal purchasing
  • Developed and adopted new water and wastewater master plans


The Law Office of
David Frasher


1994 - 1999

Private law practice providing general civil, criminal and business litigation, contracts, and personal injury work for various clients. Managed all phases of law practice including budgeting, business organization, advertising, personnel, contract employees, licensing and taxation.

Notable Achievements
  • American Jurisprudence Award for trial practice and procedure

Alaska Court of Appeals

Law Clerk for Judge Robert G. Coats

1993 - 1994

Researched and drafted memoranda and opinions of the court addressing state appellate issues. Also conducted training and supervision of incoming law clerks. (Law Clerks appointed for one year only)

Notable Achievements
  • Several of my written memoranda were selected for publication as official opinions of the Court
  • Appointed from among my peers to conduct training and supervision of incoming law clerks

Law Enforcement

Investigator David Frasher - City of Independence, MO

City of Independence, Missouri

1982 - 1990

Independence is a City of approximately 150,000 residents located adjacent to Kansas City, Missouri. The City's Police Department has more than 200 sworn personnel with multiple divisions and specialized units characteristic of a major metropolitan law enforcement agency.

Detective/Major Case Investigator

Conducted independent criminal investigations into a wide variety of assigned cases. Developed witnesses, evidence, suspect information, and testimony leading to the arrest and prosecution of offenders. Major Case Investigator assigned to special multi-jurisdictional detective squad investigating homicides throughout a seven county region. (Left position to attend law school)

Crime Scene Investigator

Responsible for crime scene processing, evidence collection and preservation, laboratory analysis of evidence, report preparation and courtroom testimony for assigned cases.

Police Officer

Performed the duties of a uniformed patrol officer, including responding to calls for service, conducting field investigations, traffic enforcement, etc.

Notable Achievements
  • Promoted to Detective with less than four years of department seniority
  • Numerous commendations for superior performance and distinctive service


Washington University School of Law

Washington University School of Law
Saint Louis, Missouri

J.D. Law


MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

MacMurray College
Jacksonville, Illinois

B.S. Administration of Justice

Cum Laude


City Manager David Frasher - Grants Pass City Manager - photo taken by Lucas Balzer http://www.lukaphoto.com