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Joe Centanni

Redmond City Councilor Joseph Centanni
Councilor, Joe Centanni

After completing high school in Boise, Idaho, I attended Willamette University in Salem and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with minors in Math and Computer Science.  Back in Boise, I worked 10 years as a Technical Writer and Web Developer for Micron Technology. During this time I met and married my beautiful wife Robyn, and together we began raising our two wonderful children while I began attending night school at Boise State University, completing all the necessary course work to become a Certified Public Accountant.  At this time I began my career as a tax preparer/accountant. We moved to Redmond because of the family friendly atmosphere, where I started working for a local Redmond accounting firm, and our kids began working their way through the Redmond school system.

In time, I purchased the Certified Public Accounting firm I worked for in downtown Redmond and I began providing tax return preparation services, bookkeeping, and payroll services, to individuals and small businesses in Central Oregon, and beyond.

My strong desire to get more "plugged in" to Redmond led me to heavy involvement in the Chamber of Commerce and ultimately led to running for, and being elected to, the City Council in 2006. In addition to serving on the Redmond City Council, I also currently sit on the Boards of Directors for Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), and the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. These boards and my involvement with the Redmond Downtown business association continue to foster my particular passion for seeing successful businesses and individuals in Central Oregon. I am a strong believer in the importance of bringing traded-sector companies to this area as a catalyst to improving the overall business climate.

My primary interest in being part of the Redmond City Council is so that I can assist however possible with establishing policies that will enable Redmond to handle the growth (whether fast or slow) in the best way possible. I plan on doing this by educating myself on each of the specific situations and issues, then basing my decisions on the knowledge I gain. I believe my attention to detail and my ability to thoroughly consider each situation, looking at it from many different perspectives, along with my ability to listen to and understand others’ perspectives,  enable me to be a valuable member of the City of Redmond.