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Mayor Lore Christopher

 Mayor Lore Christopher



 6630 Craftsman Loop N

 Keizer, Oregon 97303


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 Term Expires in: January of 2015


Mayor Lore Christopher took office on January 2, 2001 as the first woman Mayor of Keizer and has served several terms since then. Her experience on the City Council began on August 3, 1998 when she was the first councilor to be appointed to a vacated position in a random drawing as the result of a tie vote. Mayor Christopher was selected to serve as Council President in 1999 by fellow council members.


She has lived in Keizer since 1988 where she has raised her three children with her husband, Ron.  Now that the kids are gone, she shares her home with Ron and two dogs: a “Career-change” Labby-“Rozzie” and a cocker-poo-poo “Pearl.”

Mayor Christopher is employed as a Human Resource Director for the State of Oregon, Legislative Branch. Mayor Christopher has worked in the Human Resource management industry most of her adult life. 

Mayor Christopher’s education:

Master's Degree, Public Administration, Portland State University

Bachelor's Degree, Human Resource Management, George Fox University

SPHR – Professional Designation as a Senior Professional in HR


Mayor Christopher represents the City of Keizer through these activities:

Oregon Mayors Assoc.


Board Member



League of Oregon Cities

HR Advisory Committee


Marion County

Regional Economic Development


COG-Mid Willamette Valley

Community Development Partnership

2001- Currently

COG-Mid Willamette Valley

BOD-Executive Committee Board of Directors


Mid Willamette Valley Mayors Coalition


Salem Area Waste Water Task Force



Board of Directors



Mayor Christopher’s Current Committee Assignments (2007-2009)

˜      Personnel Policies Committee

˜      River Road Renaissance (3-RAC)

˜      Volunteer Coordinating Committee

˜      Keizer 23 (K23)Television Channel  Task Force


Volunteer Activities

Mayor Christopher is a strong believer in civic duty and has served the Keizer community in many ways throughout the years that she has lived in Keizer. Her volunteer experience includes participation with the following organizations.

˜      Keizer Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board

˜      Keizer Little League, Board of Directors                     

˜      Keizer Chamber of Commerce since 1998

˜      Local School Advisory Committees (Gubser, Whiteaker, McNary) 

˜      Police Chief Hiring Committee

˜      Keizer Junior Miss Scholarship                   

˜      Oregon Junior Miss Scholarship Program                   

˜      Miracle of Christmas ~ Food Barrels

˜      Oregon State Personnel Managers Association

˜      Board of Directors for the Salem Riverfront Carousel

˜      Personnel Policies Committee


Mayor Christopher is proud of the steps taken in Keizer to ensure a stable budget.  “Because of hard work, good long-range financial planning and very conservative spending habits, Keizer has been able to maintain a stable budget through a very difficult time in the State of Oregon.  During this time many communities had to freeze wages or reduce benefit contributions to employees, but in Keizer we have been able to provide our staff with modest merit increases and cost of living adjustments while continuing a substantial health insurance contribution. 


The recent extension and increase in the maximum indebtedness of our Urban Renewal district will have an impact on long range fiscal goals of maintaining enough in savings to cover the gap from July until tax revenues are received in November each year for the next 5-6 years.  We have to be careful like everyone else, but if we can hold our costs down, it looks like the City of Keizer will be able to stay in the black for the next 5-years.  We have built a reserve fund that is adequate for a business of our size and are providing high levels of service to our customers. We again begin projecting positive gains in the budget year 2013 once the Urban Renewal district has been completed and dissolved.”


“We have been successful in attracting and retaining volunteers and paid staff to Keizer, it seems that people love to be a part of something good and in Keizer, “it’s all good!”  “It’s still a great day to live in Keizer!”  I continue to meet Keizer residents everywhere and they are anxious and proud to tell me that they live in Keizer.  I believe that’s because we continue to have a strong reputation for a stable financial condition while getting things done together and without increasing taxes - we're moving forward and our good news continues to be everywhere.”



Governor Kulongoski, Councilor Walsh, Winifred Charge

and Mayor Christopher at the Dedication of the Water

Trail at Keizer Rapids




Councilor Moir, Marion County Commissioner Janet

Carlson and Mayor Christopher on the

Willamette River


 Unveiling of the Keizer Points of Interest Claggett

Cemetary Sign


Commissioner Carlson, Mayor Christopher and

Salem Mayor Janet Taylor