Ron McDermid is a lifelong resident of Sherman County, attending Wasco Elementary School, Sherman High School, Central Oregon Community College, and graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics. Upon returning to the county, Ron became involved with the family farming operation in the Wasco area and he and Jenine were married, making their first home in the town of Wasco. They are the parents of two adult children, a son and a daughter, and live on the ranch west of Wasco.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s Ron became involved in a number of organizations serving Sherman County and the region. These include serving on the Sherman County Weed District Advisory Board as Chair and Sherman County Wheat League board as President. Ron was elected to the Sherman Cooperative Grain Growers and Mid-Columbia Producers (MCP) boards of directors, serving on the original board of directors of MCP at the time of the merger between Sherman Co-op and Mid-Columbia Grain Growers. Ron was appointed by the governor of Oregon to the Deschutes River Management Committee and later served as Chairman of the Deschutes River Policy Group, and was involved in the process that developed the framework for the current management of the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway Recreation Area. Ron recently concluded 20 plus years as a member of the Sherman County Emergency Services Advisory Committee, serving for the entire duration of the committee, which provided support and oversight related to the start-up and operation of the Sherman County Emergency Services Department.
Both prior to and since becoming Justice of the Peace, Ron has volunteered for a number of community organizations and events including the Wasco Memorial Day Celebration, and the Sherman County Athletic Foundation sports field upgrades and annual crab feed. He coached elementary school basketball, track & field, and served as an elementary school Lunch Buddy. Ron has maintained a long-term interest in teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of good sportsmanship to some of Sherman County’s youngest residents, as co-founder and for 20 years as coordinator of Sherman Junior Hoops youth basketball.