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Jay McGowan



About Jay


Born in Seattle and raised San Francisco, Jay first learned about Cle Elum from his brother who moved to Cle Elum in the 60ís. After visiting several times, Jay moved to Cle Elum in the late 60ís. An adventurer, Jay has lived in Canada, Alaska, California and Washington.


Career Path
After high school, Jay became a merchant marine, and then worked in ship yard in San Francisco. Moving to Cle Elum, he was employed by Juris motors as a mechanic. After completing a metal machining course at Central Washington University he started a career in welding and metal work. Jay spent several seasons in Akutan, AK, as a marine engineer in the seafood industry working with processing plants. Returned to Cle Elum and opened a welding and chainsaw repair shop, his focus eventually became repairing heavy equipment. He now considers himself to be the village blacksmith as heís known as the local repairman for broken metal objects.

Jay spent thirteen as a council member, 6 years on the planning commission, another 6 years on the council before becoming Mayor. He is currently in his fourth year as mayor.

Family
Family oriented, Jay came from a family of twelve kids. Jay has a son and daughter who live outside the Cle Elum area. At home, he finds time daily exercise his two black labs and take care of; 9 chickens, 2 alpacas, and 2 cats.

Community
Itís all about people, friends and family. Bringing people along, seeing what you can do to make life a little better, to be involved with others and do things together. Jay believes it is important to get out and do something to be active.







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