Gary Marks

Gary Marks

Gary Marks was selected through public outreach as one of three CCAC members appointed to represent the interests of the General Public. He served as Chairperson of the CCAC from March 2010 to May 2015.

Mr. Marks is currently the City Manager in Lebanon, Oregon and has managed cities in Montana, Idaho and Oregon over the past 23 years. As a professional city manager, Mr. Marks has built a track record in turning around financially distressed cities. In 2012 his work in the financial rescue of the City of Ketchum was recognized by the Association of Idaho Cities with a "Resilient Cities Award". Mr. Marks has also served in elective office as a City Councilor for the City of Tualatin, Oregon, and as a Commissioner for the Oregon Trail Library District in Morrow County, Oregon. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon City-County Management Association, the Montana League of Cities Board of Directors, Montana Municipal Insurance Authority and as the President of the Redevelopment Association of Idaho, President of the Great Open Spaces Management Association, which represents city management professionals in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, and as the founder and Chairman of the Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority (a statewide health benefits pool for local governments). Additionally, Mr. Marks works in a volunteer capacity as President of Cayo Ministries, a non-profit missions organization which serves the people of the Cayo District in the nation of Belize, Central America.

While working as the City Manager of the City of Whitefish, Montana, Mr. Marks served as a Commissioner of the Montana Quarter Design Selection Commission and subsequently as the Master of Ceremonies at the official launching ceremony for the 2007 Montana Quarter Dollar. He also served as Executive Director of the Whitefish Centennial Medallion Commission and as Chairman of the Whitefish Bronze Sculpture Committee. Mr. Marks has been a dedicated numismatist for over 40 years.

As an avid artist, Mr. Marks works in multiple mediums, including oil paint on canvas where he produces colorful abstracts, large-sized abstract sculptures using various wooden materials and medallic designs, some of which have been privately minted as bronze and silver medallions. His works are shown periodically at art shows near his home.

Mr. Marks holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. His studies included extensive research and thesis work on the dynamics and relative performance characteristics of citizens committees within governmental entities.