Three Washington County government retirees are honored
Washington County commissioners said goodbye to three employees whose combined experience exceeds 75 years.
Retiring on Jan. 1 are Bob Davis, county employee for 36 years — and the top executive as county administrator for more than 13 years — and Barbara Hejtmanek, county board clerk for 28 years.
Retiring on Jan. 24 is Rich Hobernicht, director of assessment and taxation (plus elections) since August 2005, and before then, with the Army Corps of Engineers for 26 years.
The commissioners recognized them on their final business meeting of the year on Dec. 17.
Commissioner Jerry Willey said he wished all the retirees well.
"I must warn you, though, that I have flunked retirement twice," Willey said with a laugh. "You will be recruited and encouraged to do the same thing."
Willey himself was at the start of his two terms as mayor of Hillsboro when he retired as a certified public account in 2010. He left in 2017 after his two-term limit, but was elected to the open District 4 commissioner seat in 2018.
Sia Lindstrom, the interim assistant county administrator, said each retiree will be recognized with the Donald Mason Award, named in honor of an employee who worked for Washington County for 30 years. He retired as director of assessment and taxation in 1985.
A search is on for a successor to Davis, who was assistant county administrator before he ascended to the top position in mid-2006. Stephen Rhodes, a former top administrator in Tualatin and Clackamas County, has been named interim administrator; he starts Jan. 6.
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