Occupation Columbia County Commissioner
Occupational Background Columbia County Transit Coordinator; Paramedic Supervisor- 22 years; State Certified Paramedic; Small Business Owner – Dutchman Services
Educational Background OSU County College Graduate Certificate 2011 with Honors; Willamette University Transit Management Program; Private Paramedic School WFS-EMS through PCC Graduated 1982; Scappoose High School Graduate 1978
Prior Governmental Experience Columbia County Economic Team; Columbia 911 Communications Board; Columbia County Fair Board; Columbia Emergency Planning Association; Retired Senior Volunteer Program Council; NOHA Board; Association of Oregon Counties Human Services and Transportation Committee; Columbia Pacific Economic Development Council; Oregon Public Transportation Advisory Committee
My greatest pleasure is a community of happy and thriving families. I have seen our county through good times and bad. When first elected commissioner we were in the deepest throes of the Great Recession. The County offices could not even stay open 5 days a week. Through hard work, determination, and listening to the citizens we have turned the corner. We can’t quit now. I have three simple priorities to drive us to an even better future for our county:
Living Columbia County Residents expect good roads, reliable public safety, support for our veterans, and access to other local services. Through careful budgeting, and continued support of new and existing businesses, we can make all these things happen.
Working Most of our workforce commutes out of the county for work. Through my work with Columbia County Economic Team we have helped local businesses grow and thrive, and attracted new businesses while establishing a world-class advanced manufacturing research center. Growing our local business base will help to reduce the tax burden on residents while improving services available to them.
Recreation Every corner of our county has unique attributes that make it a great place for families to relax and play. We have river frontage, trails throughout, fishing, boating and an abundance of parks. By working together with our cities and rural areas we can assure these local tourism opportunities exist.