Paul Schmidt was born and raised in North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. In 1992 Paul graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Over the course of his local government career, Paul was a building inspector for Spokane County for two years (1979-1981), and he served eighteen years as the public works director for the cities of Clarkston (1981-1986) and Cheney (1986-1999). He then served seventeen years as the city administrator for the cities of Cheney (1999-2006), Oak Harbor (2006-2012), and Chelan (2012-2016).
Paul was fortunate to be able to retire from his local government career in the fall of 2016 after serving a combined total of thirty-seven years. He was elected to the Cheney City Council in the fall of 2017 and enjoys his continued public service in that capacity.
Paul has been married to Megan for thirty-seven years and is the proud father of three daughters and three granddaughters.
Like all cities in the State of Washington, the City of Cheney strives to provide necessary local government services with limited resources. It is the dedication and combined effort of Cheney’s elected officials and staff that make Cheney a successful and wonderful place to live, work, and play.