The Commission meets at McMinnville Water & Light, at 5pm, on the third-Tuesday of every month, and agendas are publicly available on the Friday before.

For questions and requests, email the Commission Clerk: moc.rewop-cm@krelc.


Scott Hill

Scott A. Hill

I’m currently serving in my 2nd four-year term as Mayor of McMinnville Oregon which includes serving in an Ex-Official capacity on the McMinnville Water and Light commission.

I was raised in the Mt. Tabor area of southeast Portland, graduating from Franklin High School and Brigham Young University, Provo Utah. I have a BS in business management finance, with a minor in accounting and economics. I retired in 2015 after a 37-year career with Key Bank as a senior level leader with commercial, retail, investment and mortgage experience. My wife Donna and two children, Brad and Dara moved from Portland to McMinnville in 1992 with a change in assignment with my employer.

Since 1992 the McMinnville community has provided me the opportunity to give back through civic and community service. I have spent the last 27 years on the city budget committee and 12 years representing ward 1 on the City Council, with 2 years as Council President. I’m committed to the community in which I live and have been involved with the McMinnville Chamber serving as board chair, McMinnville Downtown Association serving as treasurer, the Library Foundation serving as chair, United Way of Yamhill County serving as treasurer, American Lung Association of Oregon serving as chair, American Lung Association of the Mountain West serving as treasurer and the Oregon Partnership serving as chair.

I was first elected Mayor in November 2016 and feel a great sense of responsibility to represent the citizens of this community. I continue to be one of over 1,000 citizens that volunteer their knowledge, experience and time to support the uniqueness and heritage of McMinnville. McMinnville also has 175 full time and 148 part time employees that work hard to provide the programs and services that have become legendary to this community.

I currently serve on the League of Oregon Cities’ policy committee for energy and environment and have had the opportunity to attend all APPA annual conferences since becoming Mayor along with attending 3 APPA legislative sessions in Washington DC.

Commission Chair

Tom Tankersley


Ed Gormley


Jody Christensen

Jody Christensen works for Governor Kate Brown as the Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Coordinator covering Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. As coordinator, Christensen works with the Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Team (RST) and the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee (RSAC) to transact interagency coordination for priority projects. She also serves on the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board, the Travel Oregon Agri-Tourism Coordinating Committee, and was appointed to the McMinnville Water & Light Commission in January 2020.

Christensen served 12+ years as the Executive Director for the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. She was involved in numerous local, regional, and state community and economic development projects and programs. Christensen has also served on the Oregon Economic Development Association Board of Directors, Launch Mid-Valley, the Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee, and 8 years on the McMinnville Airport Commission. In 2017, she was named Economic Development Leader of the Year by her peers at the Oregon Economic Development Association. Jody lives in McMinnville with her husband where they raised three children.

Kathy Tate


Kathy Tate

Kathy Tate grew up in Oregon and settled in Yamhill County in 1995, first living outside of Sheridan and then moved to McMinnville in 2002.

Kathy started with OnlineNW in 2000, becoming CEO in 2008.  The company has evolved from a dial-up company with four employees to a fiber and wireless Internet company with forty five employees and a second office in Eugene.  OnlineNW was awarded one the 100 best places to work in Oregon in 2020.

Tate has served on numerous boards and committees including: Sheridan School Board (1998-2001), Sheridan Japanese School (2003-2014), Juliette’s House, Sedcor, the Economic Development Advisory Council, and most recently joined the McMinnville Water and Light Commission in January 2021.

Kathy lives in McMinnville and has two grown sons that graduated from McMinnville High School.

General Manager

John Dietz

Commission Clerk

Trena McManus