After a career as a United States. Army officer ending in the late 1980s, he served a seven-year stint on the City Council. He was first elected mayor in the mid-1990s, and stepped down as mayor in January 2010, after losing a reelection race to Tim Leavitt. His final post was as Commander of the Vancouver Barracks, from which he retired in 1988.
Subsequently, the Pollard family settled in Vancouver and he was elected to the City Council a year later in 1989.
Pollard is married, and has two sons. After serving for seven years on the City Council, Pollard was first elected mayor in January 1996.
He then served consecutive terms as mayor until 2010. Cumulatively, he held public office in the city for around 20 years, shaping much of its development in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
His most notable exploits have been a major revival of Vancouver"s once-dilapidated downtown core, shepherding the city"s growth by 100,000 residents, and championing a controversial project to replace the Interstate Bridge and expand the MAX Light Rail system into Clark County.
In addition to mass transit, Pollard has long supported green modes of transportation such as walking and biking. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Pollard was a promoter of the moniker of "America"s Vancouver" for the city, in order to differentiate it from the larger but younger city of Vancouver, British Columbia. The mayor was also a staunch defender of Vancouver"s independence from nearby Portland, Oregon.
In a highly publicized gesture in 2005, he purchased and destroyed coffee mugs with Portland logos at Vancouver Starbucks after the company failed to remove them from stores.
In April 2010 Pollard was named First Citizen of Clark County for the year, an award given out since 1939.