REDMOND, OR -- The Mayors of Redmond and Sherwood really got a lot out of last week’s Mayors Association Summer Conference. "We got married Saturday evening, right after the end of the Oregon Mayor’s Association annual conference in Lebanon," Redmond Mayor George Endicott telss KBND News.
Endicott met Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark at the conference in 2015. "The Mayor of Pendleton at the time, Phil Houk, introduced us. He knew that I hadn’t been widowed all that long and Krisanna had. So, he introduced us at an Oregon Mayor’s Association [conference], two years ago." Their story came full circle, when Houk married them at the event, "Phil is an ordained minister and he wanted to marry us. So, we got married by the guy who introduced us at the venue where we met."
The nuptials were kept top secret, "It was pretty wild," says Endicott, "and we made it a surprise wedding, so that part was pretty shocking to the 75 Mayors that were there. We had a pretty good time." He says guests only knew the conference was ending with a special event. "We told very few people. Those who had to know, we informed. The rest – Her Council didn’t know; my Council didn’t know. One: we didn’t want it to leak and we didn’t want it to influence our communities until we actually did it."
Endicott says nothing will change for either city’s government, yet. "She will maintain her residence in Sherwood for a while. I mean, we’ve been doing a commuting relationship for two years, so we can continue to do that for the time being. But, she will eventually move to Redmond." Endicott says they haven’t yet decided whether she’ll step down early or serve out her term, which ends December 2018. His bride will be known as Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott and has two high school-age children.