The Mayor acts as ceremonial head of the City of Dallas, presiding over City Council meetings and appointing the committees of that body. The Mayor also represents the City at various meetings and functions both with and beyond the community.

The Mayor is elected at large for a two year term.

Personal Background

Brian is a fourth generation Dallas area resident, his great-grandfather having moved to Dallas from Independence in 1899. Brian graduated from Dallas High School in 1966. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Colgate University in New York (1970) and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California (1972), where he concurrently attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for ROTC training.

Military Service

Upon graduation he entered the Regular Army as a Medical Service Corps officer for a 21-year career, serving in many locations throughout the world. Brian is a graduate of the Army's resident Command and General Staff College (1986) and has held key leadership and staff positions at the Battalion, Brigade, Department of the Army, and the Combined Forces (Korea-United States) Command levels.

Additional Professional Experiences

He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. In that year, with his brother, he founded Dalton Rock, Inc., which has become a major source of aggregate material in the region. The rock company was sold in the summer of 2008 and Brian started the Dalton Land and Cattle Company on forestland up the Rickreall Creek west of Dallas.

Hobbies & Family Life

He has been a pilot since 1970. His primary hobby is restoring and flying antique airplanes, chief among them, a 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. He currently has a second 1928 Travel Air under restoration. Brian is married to the former Carol Dudley, an Occupational Therapist at Salem Hospital. She is also a pilot and flies the family’s 1941 Piper J-3 Cub.

Awards, Recognitions

& Organization Membership

Mayor Dalton holds several awards including the Legion of Merit and the Expert Field Medical Badge. He has been an elected member of the Dallas City Council since 2001, and served as its president 2009-2010. In November 2010, he was elected as the Mayor of the City of Dallas. He is also the past president of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Dallas Economic Development Commission.

He serves on the Dallas Urban Renewal Advisory Committee as well as being a member of a number of other community oriented service committees. Brian also sits on the Board of the Oregon Mayors Association. In January 2005, Brian was selected as First Citizen of Dallas.