Familiar face, new mayor

<p>The new Canyon City mayor is Steve Fischer.</p>


CANYON CITY – Steve Fischer, who had been a Canyon City councilor for four years, now holds the mayor’s gavel.

Fischer, who took the city post in January, works as an appraiser in the Grant County assessor’s office, a position he’s held for almost two years. Earlier, he worked as a lumber grader for Malheur Lumber Co., and was also a general contractor and licensed home inspector.

His wife Shelley is a bookkeeper at Blue Mountain Hospital. Their daughter, Elizabeth, is in Kenya producing a film for a hospital that will help train doctors and recruit more volunteers.

The Fischers have lived in Grant County for more than 30 years, the past five and a half in Canyon City. Their home, in fact, is a landmark of the town and the county – the stately schoolhouse on Rebel Hill – which the couple have been renovating.

He said people often contact them with old photos of the building during its “school days,” which he and his wife plan to someday frame and display in an area of the house.

The Fischers enjoy remodeling homes and have assisted with construction projects in Armenia and Dominica with the Nazarene Church.

Among the projects Fischer hopes to facilitate during his mayoral term are continued improvements at Sproul Park, and developing a commercial kitchen in the community.

Fischer appreciates the public office team in place in Canyon City.

“What I’m really happy about is the city council,” he said, adding, “We have a lot of good, level thinkers.”

Fischer vowed that, as mayor, “I’ll do my best to represent the constituency of Canyon City.”

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