Astoria at Work

Noted Astoria photographer Michael Mathers spent several months over 2012 and 2013 capturing portrait images of men and women employed by the City of Astoria at their daily work. His photos, more than 60 in total were displayed at City Hall for an exhibition starting after Labor Day 2013. Mathers was inspired by seeing all the activity going on in Astoria. After years as an architectural photographer, he returned to his real passion, photographing people. His images are beautiful, artful and honor those who keep the city running.


Astoria Waterwaste Treatment Facility 2013 Steve Ruggles, Engineering Technician 2013 Chlorine Contact Basin at the Wastewater Treatment Facility 2013 Dewayne Barkemeyer, Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor 2013 Ken Nelson, Public Works Superintendent 2013 Andrew Randell, Police Officer 2013 Julie Yuill, Executive Secretary 2013 Nicole Riley, Police Officer 2013 Astoria Watershed Slow Sand Filter Cleaning 2013 Astoria Watershed 2013 Jeff Rusiecki, Emergency Communications Manager; Donna Galich, Communications Operator; Kristen Lane, Communications Operator 2013 Thomas Litwin, Police Officer 2013 John Hord, Police Officer 2013 Derrick Snow, Firefighter 2013 Cindy Moore, City Support Engineer 2013 Sherri Williams, Administrative Assistant; Lisa Ferguson, Permit Technician 2013 Donovan Richie, Recreation Leader; Astoria Column 2013 Jo Johnson, Utility Clerk; Linda Ryan, Accounts Payable; Jill Culver, Court Clerk 2013 Baaz McMahan, Stores Supervisor 2013 Firefighter 2013 Joe Peitsch, Sweeper Operator 2013 Astoria Watershed, Wickiup Lake 2013 Astoria Watershed Wickiup Lake Outlet Structure 2013 Astoria Watershed, Middle Lake Outfall Structure 2013 Brett Estes, Community Development Director/Assistant City Manager 2013 Aaron Bielemeier, Driver/Engineer 2013 Bob Williams, Senior Utility Worker 2013 Paul Benoit, City Manager 2013 Dean Zeisbrich, Senior Engineering Technician 2013 Ken Cook, Public Works Director 2013 Mark Montgomery, Facilities Coordinator 2013 Phil Elkins, Parks Maintenance Supervisor; Mark Montgomery, Facilities Coordinator 2013 Gary McLauchlin, Water Quality Supervisor 2013 Gary Winlund, Senior Utility Worker; Darrell Byes, Temporary Worker; Brook Brenden, Utility Worker; Craig Zander, Temporary Worker 2013 Kevin Daw, Equipment Mechanic 2013 Carl (Ole) Gifford Senior Utility Worker; Chuck Higgins, Senior Utility Worker 2013 Nathan Bartlett, Water Source Operator 2013 Harry 2013 Gary McLauchlin, Water Quality Supervisor 2013 Jeff Smith, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 2013 Joe Hudak, Equipment Mechanic 2013 Ken Nelson, Public Works Superintendent 2013 Andrew Randell, Police Officer 2013 Nathan Crater, Assistant City Engineer 2013 Astoria Firefighters 2013 Rosemary Johnson, Planner 2013 Brycen Haataia, Recreation Leader 2013 Ken Yuill, Senior Utility Technician; Carl (Ole) Gifford, Senior Utility Worker 2013 Mark Montgomery, Facilities Coordinator 2013 Stacy Sundquist, Public Works Administrative Assistant 2013 Ryan Sisley, Police Officer 2013 Matt Burd, Recreation Leader 2013 Joe Hudak, Equipment Mechanic 2013 Pacific Coast Seafood, Warrenton 2013 Phil Elkins, Parks Maintenance Supervisor 2013 Nathan Bartlett, Water Source Operator 2013 Avery Petersen, Intern Firefighter 2013 Astoria Firefighters 2013 Jeff Harrington, City Engineer 2013 Jenny Cordiner, Engineering Secretary 2013 John Goodenberger, Historic Preservation Planner 2013 Brycen Haataia, Recreation Leader 2013 Matthew Burd, Temporary Parks Employee 2013 Joan Masat, Assistant; Lindsay Johnson, Assistant; Patty Skinner, Senior Assistant; Meghann Lynch, Assistant; Ami Kreider, Senior Assistant; Jane Tuck Jack Applegate, Building Official, Code Enforcement Officer 2013