Gary Schmidt named new Clackamas County administrator
Clackamas County commissioners on Thursday appointed Gary Schmidt as the county administrator to replace Donald Krupp, who is retiring at the end of the month.
As county administrator, Schmidt will manage the employees and activities of the county by implementing the policies and goals of the Board of County Commissioners.
Schmidt has served as director of Clackamas County's Public and Government Affairs Department since 2011. Prior to that he served for two years as the county's public affairs manager.
"Gary is a lifelong resident of Clackamas County who brings a wealth of internal experience and knowledge about our county. He is well positioned to continue the incredible progress we have made over the past several years," said Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard.
"I am grateful and honored to serve as the next Clackamas County Administrator. I look forward to continuing the outstanding service of County Administrator Don Krupp," Schmidt said. "Working together with the public, commissioners and county staff, we will continue to build and enhance public trust and serve and support this amazing community."
Schmidt was selected among five finalists following a nationwide recruitment.
"This was a very difficult decision among five extremely talented candidates," Bernard said.
Schmidt will officially begin his new role Feb. 25.
State of the County luncheon set for Feb. 13
The 2019 State of the County forum luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, 12566 S.E. 93rd Ave., Clackamas. The event is produced and hosted by the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce.
County commissioners will speak about progress made in 2018, and on this year's priorities. Members of the public are invited to attend and pose questions about either topic.
Seating is limited, and registration is required at bit.ly/2HeO8Ju. Tickets cost $30 and include lunch. There is no fee for attending and opting for theater seating at the back of the room.
The event will be recorded and later aired on the Clackamas County Government Channel and at youtube.com/ClackamasCounty.