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On Friday, Kafoury will report on an agency that's at the center of 2021's pressing questions on justice and health.

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Early in the pandemic, County Chair Deborah Kafoury, foreground, moved into an emergency office in the county health department's headquarters to stay in touch with pandemic response.On Friday, March 5, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury will address a challenging question: During a time of pandemic and social tumult, how is Multnomah County doing?

Kafoury's 2021 yearly State of the County address will be delivered to a virtual audience in a video chat hosted by City Club of Portland, rather than the usual way — in a local banquet hall or theater holding mainly county employees. XRAY.FM and Pamplin Media Group are media sponsors of the event.

Under Multnomah County's form of government, Kafoury serves not just as chair of the county board of commissioners, but as the head of the county bureaucracy as well. The county's focus includes public health, social services and criminal justice.

Kafoury oversees a budget of more than $2 billion that over time has take on new roles, including a beefed-up investigative system to combat internal workplace discrimination and an expanded social service and shelter network.

Lately, of course, the county has been grappling with an unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak at Inverness Jail, all while caring for the homeless and looking to revamp its approach to criminal justice.

The City Club event will include a speech, a conversation with Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, executive director of Central City Concern, and questions from the audience.PMG FILE PHOTO - Deborah Kafoury, chair of the Multnomah County Commission, will speak Friday about how the county is doing in a time of pandemic and social tumult.

To sign up for the event, click here. To submit questions for Kafoury, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask via Twitter to @PDXCityClub.


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