April 17 program in Beaverton will feature all five board members and five other elected officials, instead of board chair giving a speech.

Washington County will use a different format to present the state of county government this year.

All five county commissioners, plus five other elected officials, will speak at the public presentation. The program will start at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Ave., Beaverton.

The program is free, but preregistration is at this website:

Free child care is available on a first-come, first-served bases for those who register by April 10. Interpretation services are also available for those registering by April 10. Contact the Washington County Administrative Office to request these services at 503-846-8685 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chairwoman Kathryn Harrington and Commissioners Roy Rogers, Dick Schouten, Pam Treece and Jerry Willey will speak. Others are Sheriff Pat Garrett, District Attorney Kevin Barton, Auditor John Hutzler, Judge Charles Bailey of Circuit Court and Judge Dan Cross of Justice Court.

In past years, the Washington County board chair gave a formal address, usually at a breakfast of the Westside Economic Alliance. Last year, outgoing Chairman Andy Duyck did it in a question-and-answer format at a WEA breakfast at Nike world headquarters in Beaverton.

Clackamas County has used a similar format with all five commissioners speaking.

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