Katie Saul

Katie Saul

Director of Business Services

Hermiston School District

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was born and raised here in Hermiston, so I guess you could say I didn’t really have a choice in the beginning, but it was our choice to come back to Hermiston after college at Eastern Oregon University. It just felt like home to come back to.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Our go-to will always be La Palma for Mexican food. Who can resist chips and salsa?

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have a 19-month-old son. It seems like everything we do now revolves around him and what he’s got going on. I have a small herd of cattle that my husband and I raise, so we’re either chasing cows or our son.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

What surprises me the most is when new people come to town and talk about how inviting it is and what a great community there is here. Being born and raised here, you just expect that wherever you go. Listening to other people describe what it’s like being in other places and coming to Hermiston, you realize that’s not always true.

What was the last book you read?

Well, last night it was “Charlie the Ranch Dog”. But for work, most recently we’ve read “The Seven Principals of Transformational Leadership” [by Hugh Blane].

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

I really spend a lot of time on the East Oregonian website, watching as articles pop up. I love to read the records section and see what new babies are born, and what’s happening in our community.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I loved Hawaii when my husband and I went there. I would love to go back to Maui, it was so much fun. But I would also love to explore New Zealand.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

I am super easily embarrassed, so I try to block out all of the funny stuff that happens. But anyone who knows me, I’m sure, has a story about something that is funny or embarrassing about me.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

Really getting out information on the great work that the business office and the district is doing in handling taxpayer money, and what we’re doing to manage our assets. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about government in general, and we want to work to dispel that. We have a great staff in our office and throughout the entire district. It’s my goal over the next year or so to really share that with the community.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Well, of course, my son is my pride and joy. But professionally, just walking through the door every day knowing I’m the director of business services for the largest school district in Eastern Oregon. It’s not a task that I take lightly. I know that there’s a lot of weight and responsibility on this position, and I really strive to make sure that in every task that I’m doing, our community will look and know that they’ve entrusted it to the right person.

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