Council President Jim Fairchild

Personal Background
Council President Jim Fairchild is married to Anne and they have two daughters, Pam and Gwen. Jim earned his BA (‘61) and M.Ed (‘66) degrees at Linfield College. He taught and coached at Willamina and Seaside High Schools, and in 1966 was hired as a teacher and coach at Dallas High School (DHS)

During his 28 years at DHS, he taught a variety of courses and also found himself coaching contest speech, directing plays, being the Language Arts Department Chair, and coaching football, wrestling and girls’ basketball. Two highlights of his career at DHS included instituting and teaching dual credit writing courses in partnership with Chemeketa that allowed DHS students to earn both high school credit and up to nine hours of transferable college credit. The second highlight was being the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of Dallas’ 1986 State Championship Football team.

Upon retirement from education, Jim developed his part-time business, Fairchild Painting and Construction, into a full-time business for a number of years. When he was elected Mayor in 2000, the business returned to part-time.

Public Service

Jim served as Mayor of Dallas for 10 years and in 2011 returned to the role of City Councilor, which he had held prior to being Mayor. He also spent 20 years volunteering as an EMT in the Dallas ambulance service and served seven years on the State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board. Jim was elected Council President in 2015.

Awards, Recognitions & Organization Membership
Jim currently serves on the League of Oregon Cities’ (LOC) Board of Directors as a past president, serves on the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Committee, is on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments and serves on the West Valley Hospital Foundation.

Honors received include:
  • Dallas First Citizen - 2002
  • LOCs Outstanding City Official - 2007
  • LOCs Outstanding Large City Mayor - 2008
  • National Science Defense Act Recipient - 1966
  • Recognition as a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar - 1984