“A voice for all citizens in all areas of our county”
Commissioner Representing ALL Areas
Prior to becoming a commissioner in 2012 I was a regional finance manager in our county where I was responsible for business locations in all seven incorporated cities with the single exception of Depoe Bay, providing me with personal experience and valuable knowledge of community business climates and community issues throughout the entire county. Working in these business communities has enabled me to understand the unique challenges faced by each of our various communities throughout the county making me an even more effective representative as County Commissioner.
I participate in a broad variety of community services, such as numerous community support activities and service club memberships. As a county commissioner, over the last year, I have attended some 50 to 60 community events and meetings including non-profit fundraising activities, Chambers of Commerce, and Rotary in Toledo¸Waldport and Lincoln City. My participation in these activities has allowed me to confront, discuss and continue to improve my understanding of the varied issues and challenges facing these areas of our county. Serving as a county commissioner has allowed me to contribute to the betterment of our entire county and its communities and also to serve all our county citizens.
I testified before the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and gained approval for an additional $142 million to complete Highway 20, a vital economic lifeline to our county. The improvements are saving lives, aiding economic development and ultimately resulting in job creation.
While serving as Chair of the Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation (CWACT) I successfully advocated for the $8.0 million Port of Toledo boatyard project that is expected to create over 165 jobs. I also oversaw submission to the OTC of road improvement applications totaling over $28 million, for some 17 projects in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, and Waldport. These projects make our roads safer, create bicycle and pedestrian lanes, improve transportation in our county and will add jobs enhancing our local economy.
I was a representative on the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) committee, which successfully sought the selection of Newport for wave energy research. This natural energy research center is the largest grid-connected site in the United State and will create numerous jobs, and builds on the critical mass of research commerce that is becoming our 3rd largest economic sector in our county after tourism and fishing.
As County Commissioner, I have broadened countywide citizen involvement and representation in our county government. I appointed Linda Roy, a Lincoln City businesswoman, to serve on the county budget committee; Lori Arce-Torres, Lincoln City business leader, to the Lincoln County Foundation; and also appointed Kelly Foley and Zach Dahl, both Toledo residents, and Tamara Rosser of Waldport, to serve on the county’s non-profit social allocation committee.
Doug Hunt Lincoln County Commissioner – Position 1
As your County Commissioner since 2012 I have established a strong record of service and am uniquely qualified to serve and effectively represent all citizens in all areas of Lincoln County.
My wife, Patsy, and I moved to the unincorporated area of Toledo in October 1988 to raise our family and become involved in the community. Our third child was born in Lincoln County and all three of our children are graduates of Toledo High School and went on to attend higher education. Patsy and I continue to enjoy living in the Toledo area with our dog, Daisy Lu, and two cats.
Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt
The challenges ahead are many and complex. My service of more than 15 years experience in public service as a county commissioner and on the Lincoln County school board, my 39 years experience in finance and as a businessman, my demonstrated leadership in both public and community service combined with my active involvement in all areas of our county make me uniquely qualified to improve county services and to most effectively represent all the great citizens of all areas of Lincoln County. In addition, my understanding of business, budgeting and fiscal management, along with my financial background in dealing with large budgets, qualifies me to manage the county budget to maximize efficiencies and minimize reductions in services and employees, an approach of running the county more like a business. We need to continue to build reserves to provide a financial cushion to buffer future reductions in federal and state funds and to anticipate future economic contractions.
Financial Accountability and Responsibility
In addition to my years of service as your County Commissioner, one of the strongest qualifications I have to serve as County Commissioner is my extensive and varied 39-year experience as a banker, member of the financial community and as a leader in business communities throughout the county. My skills are invaluable as I lead the county in addressing budget issues, future revenue and expense levels and lead an effort to run the county more like a business.
After graduating from Whitman College with a degree in Economics I began a career in finance. During 39 years in the industry I worked for six different offices and held a variety of assignments with increasing responsibilities. Whether starting as an operational manager, or as business development officer calling on Fortune 500 companies, or as finance officer, I discussed needs of families, businesses and community organizations helping to make the lives of others better.
I was pleased to accept an assignment in Lincoln County in 1988 in Lincoln City. As a resident in the county, I was responsible for offices in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, Waldport, Yachats, and Siletz. One of the key roles I enjoyed was business development and in this position I became very involved in our county’s communities and gained critical insight into the unique challenges and issues faced by each area of our county. Whether it’s jobs, economic development, tourism, transportation, social needs, business growth or budgets, I worked with individuals, businesses and organizations in all parts of our county. I gained a comprehensive understanding of our entire county. Before I became a Commissioner I was responsible for small business relationships and oversaw deposit relationships exceeding $590 million and a loan portfolio of some $27 million.
I have the necessary experience and expertise to understand and manage large budgets, execute financial plans and direct the myriad complex aspects of governing our county with a budget of over $99 million in total funds and some 490 employees. These are critical skills and abilities in an economic environment of limited revenues and increasing costs as we continue to strive to improve the services delivered to our citizens.
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