Jeff Eager ’04
Mayor of Bend, Oregon
Jeff Eager has quickly established himself as a rising star of the Oregon Bar. On Jan. 5, 2011, at age thirty-five, Eager was appointed the mayor of Bend in central Oregon.
Eager grew up in Bend and is a 1993 graduate of Bend’s Mountain View High School. Prior to entering law school, Eager had already established a strong commitment to public service in the “big leagues” of Washington, D.C. From 1997 to 1999, he served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Bob Smith before becoming a press secretary and legislative assistant to Congressman Greg Walden.
“While working in D.C., I saw the importance of the law and of lawyers in policy-making,” said Eager. “Legal training is a very useful background for participating in the policy-making process.”
He then enrolled in Oregon Law where he was heavily involved in the law student government and was elected Student Bar Association president.
Continuing his steady commitment to public service, Eager became involved in the Bend Central Area Plan Advisory Committee, the Deschutes County Commission on Children and Families, the Deschutes County Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Association upon graduation from Oregon Law. He was elected to the Bend City Council in November 2008.
His nomination to the mayoral position was a unanimous appointment by his fellow city councilors. “When you get down to it, policy is law,” said Eager. “My legal training has given me the skills needed to understand ordinances and statutes and their implications. Also, local government has become a highly legalistic exercise, with a myriad of local, state and federal laws coming to bear on almost everything that is done at the local level.”
Eager now practices law full-time at Balyeat & Eager, LLP, a two-partner law firm in Bend. His practice focuses on business transactions, business litigation, and government and media relations. Eager also will serve as the mayor of the City of Bend until Jan. 16, 2013.
“In Bend, being mayor is a part-time, essentially volunteer position. I did not run for re-election, but look forward to continuing to be involved in policy-making discussions,” said Eager.