Former Gladstone Mayor Wade Byers joins Clackamas ESD Board
On May 23, Wade Byers was sworn in to the Clackamas Education Service District Board of Directors Zone 1 seat, which represents the Gladstone School District, along with parts of the North Clackamas and Oregon City school districts.
Former Zone 1 representative John Thomas submitted his resignation to Clackamas ESD Superintendent Jada Rupley on Nov. 14. After meeting with a few candidates to fill the vacancy, the ESD Board selected Byers, who will serve in the position at least through the next election in May 2019.
Byers had served for decades as the Gladstone mayor and on its City Council, Budget Committee and Planning Commission. His budget experience also includes serving on the Clackamas Community College Budget Committee. He currently serves on the Clackamas County Historical Society Board of Directors and is a longtime member of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.
"Our board of directors values Wade Byers' long history of public service," said Linda Brown, Clackamas ESD board chair. "He joins the team that ensures we continuously grow in our ability to provide innovative and collaborative solutions in service to the education communities across our county."
As a Gladstone Elementary (now John Wetten Elementary) alum and West Linn High School graduate, Byers is a proud product of Clackamas County schools. He also holds a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.
"I know firsthand the opportunity and potential that comes from attending Clackamas County schools," Byers said. "I'm honored to join an agency whose work is to ensure all students, whether they live in the Clackamas River Basin or on the side of Mt. Hood, have access to excellent schools and teachers."