2018 Council Members

Mayor of Seneca

Brad Smith

     "Born, raised and lived in Seneca my     entire life, except for two years at Central Oregon Community College at Bend, OR.  My wife Sonna, of 37 + years, and I have raised 4 kids here.  I’ve served on the City Council for over 20 years at various times.  

I like living here and it's a great place to raise kids.  I’ve worked on Southworth Bros Ranch since I was 12 and for Hines Lumber for 7-8 years.  I coached football and basketball for 20 years in Seneca and another 7 years for basketball at Grant Union High." 

Since Brad is camera shy, here is a beautiful picture of Seneca taken by his wife, Sonna.

City Council Members

                                                   "I was raised in Canyon City, OR and went to school in John Day, OR, but a lot of my time as a child was spent in Seneca with friends; swimming in the pool, going to the Theater, etc.  I was married to Ron Holliday in '69 and moved to the ranch in Bear Valley where we raised 4 kids who all attended Seneca Elementary, 1st through 8th grades. I moved into Seneca in 2001 and never want to leave.  There isn't a better place to raise a family than the quaint, slow paced town of Seneca. I joined City Council because I felt like the

Sue Holliday 

town was dying and I thought maybe I could make a difference"

      Sue has been on the City Council since 01/2011 after running in the 2010 election and being voted in by the City.

                   "I have lived in Seneca for over 20 years.  I   loved coming to Seneca as a   child to visit my Grandparents who were long-time residents.  My husband was born and raised here and so are our two children.  I love raising them in our small community and school is Wonderful! 

                I wanted to be on the City Council to help keep our little  town alive.  We plan on living here the rest of our lives and continue to raise our children here, so I enjoy 

Melissa Pettyjohn

being a part of helping our town grow!"

       Melissa has been in the City Council since July of 2015.

Barbara Northington

     "I have worked as a Registered Nurse for 43 years and am now retired.

I have been a homeowner and resident of Seneca for over 8 years. I am heavily involved in the Seneca "No Way" Community Garden.

I love the rural lifestyle, where every individual is a person. I have many hobbies and love the outdoors;  

including birding and golfing regularly at the Bear Valley Meadows Golf Course here in town.

Lilly Foster

      “My husband and I grew up in Harney County and moved to Seneca in 2015. I take great pride in my small-town roots and am thankful to have the opportunity to raise my family in Seneca. I love this town and enjoy the slow-paced life. I joined City Council to get involved in the community and help make decisions to mold the future of this town.” 


              City Council is comprised of a group of five individuals who are elected to City Council by the citizens of Seneca.  The Council seats are rotated every four years on offset years.  Every two years either two or three Council members run for office.  For example: Andrea Combs, Bill Williams, and Sue Holliday were voted in and accepted to the council as of January of 2015 and will retain their membership until 2018.  Brad Smith and Melissa Pettyjohn were voted in and accepted to the Council in January of 2017 and will retain their membership until 2020.  Once voted in and a full board is reached, at the first meeting in January (the new year), the Council Members vote who among them is to be the Mayor, and that individual holds that position for the next two years.