Tesmond D. Hurd

About Me

Professionally, I am a Transportation Maintenance Specialist with the Oregon Department of Transportation in La Grande, Oregon, but enjoy numerous side projects, hobbies, and extracurriculars. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration as well as several other certifications. I have been developing websites and proprietary web applications for 13 years, built numerous websites for clients, and managed several on-going web projects. I'm an aspiring entrepreneur. My resume includes various paid vocational and unpaid volunteerism experience. In my free time, I enjoy regional recreation opportunities including camping, fishing, backpacking, boating, snowmobiling, and spending time with my wife. Contact me if you are interested in website services.

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Oregon Department of Transportation

Transportation Maintenance Specialist August 2018-Present
  • Plan projects that included determining resources, materials, and assigning people tasks needed to successfully complete activity
  • Use heavy equipment to perform road maintenance—including paving, crack sealing, shoulder & culvert repair, brush mowing, and more
  • Respond to highway incidents—such as crashes, disabled vehicles, hazardous materials spills—in solo and team capacities to resolve incidents, provide safe travel for the public, and liaison for the State's transportation needs
  • Use specialized equipment and knowledge to plow, sand, salt, and maintain roadways during the winter and provide regular road/weather updates for TripCheck.com

La Grande Police Department

Communications Technician May 2014-July 2018
  • Developed and led the implementation of online employee schedules, increased efficiency for monthly law enforcement reports, and modernized department website using Drupal 7 CMS
  • Performed regular duties of a 911 dispatcher; including answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service, dispatch calls via multiple radio channels, and track and monitor resources via Computer-Aided Dispatch
  • Work solo regularly and in team settings to coordinate and assign resources to police, fire, and EMS incidents

La Grande Ride, Inc.

Chief Operations OfficerDecember 2011-Present
  • Developed interactive, dynamic mapping application for the company's outdoor recreation GIS and multimedia data
  • A/B-tested content and meta data to improve SEO and increase average CTR to 13%
  • Regularly contribute multimedia, written content, and GIS data to websites using proprietary and articulated processes
  • Attend regular business operations and strategic planning meetings


Bachelors of Science in Business Administration

Eastern Oregon UniversityGraduated: June 2017 GPA: 3.2

Professional Organizations

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center

Executive DirectorFebruary 2017-Present
  • Utilize social media and search engine optimization (SEO) to grow website sessions an average 149.6% year-over-year
  • Design, plan, and implement successful SMM & SEM advertising that results in high conversions and CTRs
  • Perform accounting, strategic and financial planning, business plan preparation, website development, and chair Board of Directors meetings
  • Applied for and was granted IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption status, co-authored and successfully received Wildhorse Foundation Grant, and negotiated a large partnership deal with True North Gear, LLC.

U.S. Forest Service - Contractor

Fire LookoutFebruary 2017-Present
  • Observered national forest and Wilderness for new wildfire starts
  • Communicated new wildfires, daily weather, and other significant information to interagency dispatch center
  • Used Osborne Fire Finder and electronic GIS tools to determine locations

La Grande Police Department

Police OfficerJanuary 2016-May 2019
  • Conducted successful criminal investigations, enforced local ordinances & state laws, and assisted citizens with non-criminal complaints
  • Performed surveillance activities in an undercover capacity
  • Responded to emergency and non-emergency calls for service (domestic violence, traffic accidents, disturbances)

La Grande Police Association

Board MemberJanuary 2017-Present
  • Participated in employee-employer collective bargaining agreement negotiations
  • Researched state and federal labor laws
  • Represented union member in internal investigation (IA)

Wallowa Avalanche Center

AdviserFebruary 2014-April 2017
  • Consulted Board of Directors and staff on technological needs and solutions related to non-profit operations

La Grande Rural Fire District

FirefighterJune 2012-August 2014
  • Responded to emergency and non-emergency calls for service (structure and wildland fires, medical calls) while working as a part of a team
  • Attend regular and continuous training for fire and EMS topics
  • Assisted with fire prevention and safety education for elementary students





My portfolio contains projects I currently or previously worked on. Please contact me if you're interested in website development services.


Hurd, T. D. (2016). Storms bring powder galore. The Baker County Press. Retrieved from www.thebakercountypress.com.
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Hurd, T. D. (2014). Locals escape avalanche scare. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Marro, A. J., & Hurd, T. D. (2014). Intense fire season could be ahead for northeast Oregon. The Baker County Press. Retrieved from www.thebakercountypress.com.
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Sather, B. A (Director) & Hurd, T. D. (Producer). (2014). Go Home: Backcountry skiing in NE Oregon [Motion picture]. United States: La Grande Ride, Inc. Retrieved from www.vimeo.com/91195716.

Sather, B. A. & Hurd, T. D. (2016). Online systems for integrating the safety, strategy, and stoke of backcountry adventure. Poster presented at the International Snow Science Workshop Conference, Breckenridge, CO.
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Reed, Jr., W. E., & Hurd, T. D. (2015). No word to define this year's fire season. The Baker County Press. Retrieved from www.thebakercountypress.com.
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Publications I'm Mentioned In

Kaechele, C. (2018). Dispatchers recognized; Appreciation week draws attention to invaluable workers. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Benham, J. (2016). Lack of dispatchers creates dire situation. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Black, K. (2014). Weather service forecasts for the backcountry. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Mason, D. (2011). Student installs weather station at Anthony. La Grande Observer. Retrieved from www.lagrandeobserver.com.
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Stebbings, K. R. (2014). New advisor joins WAC. Retrieved from www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org.
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Whittle, K. (2011). Snow season looks good for skiers. East Oregonian. Retreived from www.eastoregonian.com.
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