Newly elected mayor and council member take oath of office in Camas

Steve Hogan and Leslie Lewallen sworn in as newest Camas elected officials

The city of Camas officially has a new mayor. It also has a new member of the City Council.

Former Camas City Council member Steve Hogan took the oath of office and was officially sworn in as Camas’ new mayor, Nov. 23, at Camas City Hall. Camas City Attorney Shawn MacPherson conducted the ceremony in front of a small group of friends, family and staff. Hogan’s term will run through Dec. 31, 2023.

Hogan was elected to the position by Camas voters in the Nov. 2, 2021, general election, earning 57 percent of the vote. The election was certified by the Clark County Elections department Nov. 23. Hogan’s term will be effective beginning today, as he works to fulfill the remainder of the term left vacant by former Mayor Barry McDonnell. Hogan will replace Mayor Ellen Burton, who was appointed to the role of mayor on an interim basis in August.

Steve Hogan and Leslie Lewallen are sworn in by Camas City Attorney Shawn MacPherson on Tuesday. Because they were filling positions vacated by their predecessor, they took the oath of office once the election results were certified as official. Photos courtesy city of Camas
Steve Hogan and Leslie Lewallen are sworn in by Camas City Attorney Shawn MacPherson on Tuesday. Because they were filling positions vacated by their predecessor, they took the oath of office once the election results were certified as official. Photos courtesy city of Camas

Hogan served as a Camas City Council member since 2006, during which he served as mayor pro-tem in 2014 and 2017.

Hogan has been a resident of Camas since 1994. He has been a senior manager and chief operating officer in the steel, paper and wood industries. He is a member of the Camas Washougal Rotary Club and was a member of the 2009 Class of Leadership Clark County. He has also served as a member of the Camas School District Facility committee. Hogan received the designation of Certified Municipal Leader from AWC in 2006, and received his Advanced Certified Municipal Leader designation in 2007. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Seattle University.

Leslie Lewallen can add her name to the history books as Camas’ newest City Council member. Lewallen took her oath of office and was officially sworn in as a City Council member Nov. 23 at Camas City Hall. Camas City Attorney Shawn MacPherson conducted the ceremony in front of a small group of friends, family and staff. Lewallen will represent Camas Ward 3, position 2, with her term expiring in December of 2025.

Lewallen was elected to the position by Camas voters in the Nov. 2 general election, earning 53 percent of the vote. Lewallen’s term will be effective immediately, as she will fill the position left vacant by former Council Member Ellen Burton. Burton left her role on council to serve in the role of mayor on an interim basis until a new mayor was elected and certified.

Lewallen is a fifth generation Washingtonian, with a family history of public service. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and Seattle University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.  She practiced as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Gerry Alexander at the Washington State Supreme Court and worked as a prosecuting attorney prior to joining private practice. Leslie and her husband, Brian, have four children, ages 5-18.

Information provided by the city of Camas.

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