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Mayor

Mayor Harvey Crowder was appointed unanimously by the College Place City Council to fill the vacant Mayor position on June 27, 2016.  Harvey Crowder is a native north westerner and the son of a naval aviator.  Doctor Crowder is a 1973 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University and earned a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1977.  He is an Emeritus Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, a Year 8 Scholar from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of California Berkley Public Health Leadership Institute, is certified in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and is an inactive Elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).  He is a retired United States Air Force Colonel, serving a 25-year military career in veterinary medicine, environmental and public health, planning, hospital and medical administration, finishing his career as the Chief of the Prevention Division, Air Force Medical Operation Agency, Bolling AFB, DC.  Following his Air Force retirement he worked for the State of Oregon as an Epidemiologist, Environmental Health Manager, and an Emergency Response Planner; Benton-Franklin Health District as a Regional Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator; and came to Walla Walla County in 2005 as the Public Health Administrator and Director or Community Health, retiring in May of 2016.  Doctor Crowder is married to Christine Bachtold.  The Crowder’s have one son, a granddaughter, and two dogs—Lucy and Ethel.