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Governance

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A five-person board representing the five divisions in the District govern Tumalo Irrigation District. Members are elected in cycles for three-year terms. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at the District office. Meetings that fall on holidays will be rescheduled. Please check with District staff.

  • 10:00am — Executive Session
  • 11:30am – Board Meeting (open to the public)

Current board members are:

Division 1

Stephen L Putnam, Director
19885 Innes Market Road
Bend, OR 97703
541-382-4834

Division 3

Wally Zimmerman, Director
65315 Cline Falls Road
Bend, OR 07703
541-389-2529

Division 5

Martin Warbington, Director
19345 Tumalo Reservoir Road
Bend, OR 97703
541-389-1540 (office)

Division 2

Shirley DeMaris, Vice Chairman
19285 Dusty Loop
Bend, OR 07703
541-389-3860

Division 4

Ron Cochran, Chair
18624 Pinehurst Road
Bend, OR 97703
541-312-3684

2016 Election

Patrons will be notified by letter regarding forthcoming elections. Voter registration cards must be on file with the District prior to an election. And don’t forget to vote!

Election Policy & Procedures

Tumalo Irrigation District has well-defined elections procedures that outline eligibility to run for the board and to vote in District elections.

Please note: Persons wishing to run for a director position should be able to attend as many of the monthly meetings as possible. The Board generally meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am for the Executive Session and the 11:30 board meeting. Unless otherwise notified, all meeting are held at the District office.

Voter Qualifications (Is an elector the same as a voter?)

The qualifications* for the voter are:

  1. Must have a signed Voter Registration Card on file with the District.
  2. 18 years of age or older.
  3. An owner or a vendee under contract of purchase of land situated within the District, applicable Division and subject to the charges or assessments of the District.

* These are the same qualifications required to sign a petition supporting a candidate.

Additional Information

  • Where land is held in multiple ownership, such as husband and wife, only one party may vote.
  • In the case of a Corporation, Company, or Trust, only one vote shall be allowed on behalf of all the owners under the multiple ownership. The vote may be cast by any one of the multiple owners who holds an authorization in writing from the other owners (Voter Authorization Form).
  • If an elector is an owner in two or more divisions of residence and resides in one of them, the elector shall vote in the division of residence, but if an elector is a nonresident of the District, the elector may choose to vote in any one division in which the elector is an owner. When a nonresident landowner chooses to vote in any one division, the landowner shall file a notice of choice of voting division with the Secretary of the Board of the District. A nonresident landowner’s choice to vote in a certain division is permanent and remains permanent until the nonresident landowner’s ownership status changes in any way (Nonresident Election to Vote in Division Form).
  • If you are required to submit either of these forms, and do not already have one on file in this office, please call this office as soon as possible.

State law provides for the following number of votes:

  • One vote for up to 40 acres;
  • Two votes for 40 acres or more but not more than 160 acres; and
  • Three votes for more than 160 acres.