Commissioner Position #1

George Murdock
Board Chair


George Murdock

Commissioner Murdock was born in Newport, Rhode Island. His father was a commander in the U. S. Navy and his parents had relocated there during World War II. After the War, they returned to Western Washington and lived in Winlock and Castle Rock before moving to Toledo where he graduated from high school. The move to Toledo resulted in the purchase of an 80-acre farm which launched his interest in farming and ranching. He raised hogs, sheep, and cattle and each year raised and marketed several thousand fryers he sold under his own label to customers in Seattle.
After high school he enrolled at Washington State University where he majored in agriculture and journalism. At commencement, he was named the outstanding graduate in the College of Agriculture and the outstanding graduate in journalism. After leaving WSU he went to work for the McMinnville News-Register and enrolled in a masters degree program in education at Linfield College.
Two years later he went to work as a teacher at W. F. High School in Chehalis. He spent sixteen years in Chehalis as a teacher, vice-principal and principal. In 1982 he moved to Walla Walla where he served as deputy superintendent of the Walla Walla School District. Eleven years later, he became superintendent of schools in Pasco. In 1997 he was named Washington’s superintendent of the year. Two years later, he moved to Pendleton to become superintendent of what is now the Intermountain Education Service District. In 2007, he was named editor and publisher of the East Oregonian. Two-and-a-half years later, he became superintendent of the Douglas ESD.
Throughout his time in Chehalis, Walla Walla, and Pendleton, he continued to build his interests in ranching. While the family still owns a small flock of registered sheep, their primary focus has turned to Red Angus cattle. The home ranch is on Yoakum Road. He served four terms as president of the American Montadale Sheep Breeders Association and is currently a member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.
In 2002 Murdock was named a distinguished graduate of Washington State University. In 2008 he was inducted into the College of Agriculture, Home Economics, and Natural Resources Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the WSU Foundation.
He has been a Rotarian for forty years and he and his wife Donna are members of the First Christian Church in Pendleton. They have three children, Shannon Bergevin who lives in Walla Walla with her husband and two children; Bryn, who lives in Hermiston with her two children; and Ian, who lives in Echo with his wife and two children.
He was elected to the Board in 2013.

Commissioner Position #2

John Shafer
Board Vice-Chair


John Shafer

Commissioner Shafer was born in Walla Walla Washington and raised in Athena Oregon. After his graduation from Weston-McEwen High School Commissioner Shafer spend two years at Eastern Oregon University before transferring to Boise State University where he met his wife Amy. Commissioner Shafer and his wife decided to return to Athena to raise their family. They were married in June of 1995 in their hometown of Athena. They have two adult sons Michael and Matthew. Armed with a degree in Criminal Justice, Commissioner Shafer rose to the rank of Sergeant while he worked for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office for over 18 years before being elected to the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Shafer is a graduate of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Office Command College, Oregon Executive Development Institute, and the Department of Public Safety and Standards Training’s Supervisor School. Commissioner Shafer spent nine years as a 4-H Shooting Sports leader. He enjoyed spending his vacations for many years at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds watching his children show pigs and several other projects. He also served on the Board of Directors for the East Umatilla County Health District for 10 years, serving for 6 as the Chairman of the Board. Commissioner Shafer was on the Athena City Council for 10 years, six of those as the Mayor of Athena. In 2017 Commissioner Shafer was chosen as Athena’s First Citizen of the Year. As the First Citizen of the Year, he was also named Chieftain of the Day for the annual Caledonian Games held in Athena. Commissioner Shafer was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November, 2018, and began his first term in 2019. As commissioner, he was appointed in 2020 by the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) to the Board of Trustees for City-County Insurance Services (CIS), the provider of insurance services and products to Oregon Cities and Counties. He has also served on numerous committees for AOC and for the National Association of Counties (NACo)

Commissioner Position #3

Dan Dorran


Dan Dorran

Commissioner Dan Dorran was born in Walla Walla, WA and grew up in Hermiston, OR where he attended school K-12. He spent summers and vacation time working with his Uncle Randy on Dorran Ranch in Juniper Canyon and Cold Springs. His father was deeply involved in the evolution of irrigated agriculture land as the General Manager of Umatilla Electric Co-Op. His dad was also a founding partner in the establishment of cable TV in the Hermiston area. As in all family endeavors it involved all family members from stuffing billing to answering the phone. At the same time his mother was a section editor for the Hermiston Herald for many years. Dan stayed busy with sports, 4-H, and extracurricular activities such as Key Club, Letterman’s Club and many others.
After serving and being honorably discharged from the US Army, Dan attended Blue Mountain Community College and Oregon State University. After college he moved to Alaska to go to work for long time family and personal friend and quickly was hired by Sealaska Native Corporation and stayed in Alaska for over 12 years. Upon returning home he went to work for Atlas Copco, a global manufacturing and engineering firm. This experience saw him serve in many senior executive roles such as VP of Operations, VP of Sales and VP of Mergers and Acquisitions. As an adult Dan continued his civic service serving in many roles, from Matanuska Susitna Port Commission to Umatilla County Fair Board and many experiences in between.
Commissioner Dorran is married to Terri and they have four children, Brandi (Eric), Cutter (Desere), Mitch (Kendra) and Dauson (Kate). Dan and Terri also have five grandchildren with the three granddaughters the same age for 7 months out of the year. Dan and Terri also live in the house and on the property Dan grew up on. Growing up they raised 40 feeder steers each year and the place seemed on the outskirts of town and now seems to be in the middle of town.