Saying he’s been listening to the people with which he visits, Grandview Mayor Norm Childress declares that the voters’ wishes will be his priorities.
“Talking with people on the campaign trail and at the candidate forums, I heard about public safety issues and permitting issues the most,” he said. “I will meet with staff and department heads or elected officials to talk about what citizens are concerned with. After outlining the issues, we can start working on solutions”
Childress is a life-long Yakima Valley man, born in Yakima in 1958. His wife Sandy is a life-long Valleyite.
Childress received his education at Outlook Elementary, Sunnyside Junior High, Sunnyside High, Naches Valley High, Yakima Valley Community College, University of Washington (technical courses) and Northwestern University (technical courses).
Childress is retired after a 37-year career with Benton County Public Works as engineering services manager. Before that, he worked briefly for the U.S. Forest Service and the USDA Soil Conservation Service.
Childress’ public service started with the Grandview Planning Commission in 1991-92. He was on the city council from 1992-2005. He’s been (a strong) mayor since 2005.
He has also served on several committees, has been chairman of the Yakima Valley Mayors Association and has served on the Yakima Development Association board. The list is extensive.
So is the list of professional associations, including Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Association of Washington Cities board, Institute of Transportation Engineers and Washington Association of Technical Accident Investigators.
“I really enjoy working with fellow community members to shape and improve our community,” Childress said. “Local community service is very rewarding. I’ve been volunteering for community projects and local events all my adult life.
“I’m still in politics because I want to represent people in the Lower Valley,” he added. “I would like to be a strong voice for the communities south of ‘the gap.’
“I live here, and will be located close to citizens in the Lower Valley. I will be readily available to meet people. It’s important to be accessible to people.”