The Mayor acts as ceremonial head of the City of Dallas, presiding over City Council meetings and appointing the committees of that body. The Mayor also represents the City at various meetings and functions both with and beyond the community.

The Mayor is elected at large for a two year term.

Mayor Dalton

Brian Dalton is the Mayor of Dallas, Oregon, a city of 15,570 (2017 est.) people in the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon.  He was elected Mayor in 2010 after serving on the Dallas City Council for 10 years and serving as its president 2009-2010.  He has been reelected unopposed three times for two-year terms on each occasion.  

Service to the Community

Brian is past president of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Dallas Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, the Dallas Economic Development Commission as well as being a member of a number of other community oriented service organizations and committees.  He is in his second term on the governing board of the Oregon Mayors Association and is its President-Elect for the year 2019.

Personal Background

Brian is a fifth generation Oregonian and fourth generation Dallas area resident, his great-grandfather having moved to Dallas from Independence in 1899. Brian graduated from Dallas High School in 1966. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Colgate University in New York (1970) and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (1972), where he concurrently attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for ROTC training.

Military Service

Upon graduation he entered the Regular Army as a Medical Service Corps officer for a 21-year career, serving in many locations throughout the world. Brian is a graduate of the Army's resident Command and General Staff College (1986) and has held key leadership and staff positions at the Battalion, Brigade, Department of the Army, and the Combined Forces (Korea-United States) Command levels.

Additional Professional Experiences

He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. In that year, with his brother, he founded Dalton Rock, Inc., which has become a major source of aggregate material in the region. The rock company was sold in the summer of 2008 and Brian started the Dalton Land and Cattle Company on forestland up the Rickreall Creek west of Dallas.

Hobbies and Family Life

Brian has been a pilot since 1970. His primary hobby is restoring and flying antique airplanes, chief among them, a 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. He currently has a second 1928 Travel Air under restoration. Brian is married to the former Carol Dudley, an Occupational Therapist at Salem Hospital. She is also a pilot and flies the family’s 1941 Piper J-3 Cub.

Awards and Recognition

Mayor Dalton holds several military several awards including the Legion of Merit and the Expert Field Medical Badge.  In January 2005, he was selected as First Citizen of Dallas.