Vial to serve as deputy secretary of state
Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced today the appointment of former Oregon State Rep. Rich Vial as deputy secretary of state.
Vial served one term in a district that includes Sherwood and King City for 2017-18. He lost his bid for re-election last fall to Courtney Neron.
The district included portions of central Washington County near Hillsboro and Aloha, as well as portions of Yamhill and Clackamas counties.
Vial, 64, served on the House committees for Transportation, Judiciary and Education and Health Care.
He is a resident of Scholls, in Washington County, and is an attorney. He sold his controlling interest in Vial, Fotheringham LLP, a multi-state law firm representing primarily condominiums and homeowner associations throughout the west, when he ran for the Legislature, according to a press release from the Secretary of State's office. He also operates real estate and construction businesses.
Vial is a business graduate of Brigham Young University, where he minored in accounting, and a graduate of Willamette Law School in Salem. He has served as chair of a school board and the county fair board, and currently as chair of the Washington County Planning Commission.
"It will be an honor to work with Secretary Clarno," Vial said. "I share her vision of a Secretary of State's office that operates in a professional, non-partisan and cost effective manner, delivering quality service to all Oregonians."
"I am delighted that Rich has agreed to serve as Deputy Secretary of State," Clarno said. "His legislative experience, extensive knowledge of state and local government, and bipartisan reputation for intelligence and integrity will allow him to immediately hit the ground running."