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Hermiston's 'Mayor Bob' Is Dead After 12 Years In Office

Hermiston Mayor Bob Severson has died at age 80 after a heart attack last week.

Severson was known around the community as “Mayor Bob.” He was elected mayor in 2000, and has served in that position since then.

Mark Morgan, assistant to the city manager, said Severson was interested in all aspects of the community.

“I was involved with him at Rotary Club here in Hermiston and he was always extremely active in the community and active at all of these events all over town and so he was defiantly a force in the community,” Morgan said. “He did not chose to run for re-election because he was having some health issues, so we will have a new mayor in the New Year.”

Morgan says the whole community will miss Severson. David Drotmann will be the new mayor starting in January.

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