I am running for re-election to Lincoln County Commissioner Position 1. I have served in this position since my appointment in 2012 and subsequent election to a 4-year term in 2014.
As County Commissioner I have concentrated on job creation, economic development, improving our roads and infrastructure, bettering our services to veterans and seniors and critically important emergency preparedness. In addition, with over 39 years of experience as a private sector banker, I have brought a business approach to the county budget – limiting growth of county government, working to assure a stable financial future for our county and for the important services we deliver to our citizens. While I have served as Commissioner, I am proud we have increased our county reserves, maintained services to our citizens, and carefully added staff for public safety, health care and to address domestic violence.
I have been appointed by Governor Brown to the state workforce investment board. As a strong advocate for educational and job training programs, I convened a maritime industries sector committee focusing on maritime family wage jobs This committee is creating opportunities through job training, education and economic development for family-wage jobs in maritime industries.
I also am a voice for all areas of our county. As a county commissioner I consistently attend community events and meetings throughout the county including non-profit fundraising activities, community dedications, award banquets, chambers of commerce, and service organizations. My participation in these activities allows me to confront, discuss and understand the varied issues and challenges facing our county. Serving as a county commissioner has allowed me to contribute to the betterment of our entire county, its communities and all our county citizens.
VOTE: Re-elect Doug Hunt, Lincoln County Commissioner
KNOWN LEADERSHIP – PROVEN RESULTS
It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Lincoln County as your commissioner since 2012. I have worked hard and I am proud of my many accomplishments that have enhanced the lives of our citizens, improved the services the county provides, and bettered our communities.
Principle areas of my focus are jobs and economic development, transportation, emergency management and the internal operations of our county government.
MAJOR PROJECTS and INIATIVES
Oregon Workforce Investment Board –
Governor Brown appointed me to serve on the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB). One of the primary duties of the OWIB is to assist the Governor by developing a strategic plan for Oregon’s workforce development system. In my work toward job creation and retention and economic development, I am able to actively, strongly, and effectively advocate for jobs and our county.
Maritime Sector Strategies Committee –
I convened this committee to identify and comprehensively quantify the economic value of the maritime sector to not only our county, but also to our state and the pacific northwest region. This committee is creating opportunities through job training, education and economic development for family-wage jobs in maritime industries. Sector strategies are to promote the coordinated facilitation of education, employment, economic development and job training.
The 2017 state legislature passed Senate Bill 867 creating the Maritime Workforce Development Taskforce in support of my committee activities and recognizing the importance of the maritime industries to our state.
Port of Toledo Boatyard – Through my efforts over $8.0 million were awarded for the development of the boat haul-out facility (660 ton) with a sealed environment containment building. The port is now serving commercial fishermen and the distant water fleet from Seattle to Hawaii to Los Angeles. Over 160 new good-paying jobs are being created by this economic development project.
Housing – A critical challenge facing our county, its businesses and our citizens is housing – whether it’s homelessness, affordable or work-force housing.
I am working on easing this challenge from many different angles, toward enabling low-income citizens to find housing. Here are some examples:
- Participation in the Newport housing summit, the countywide housing taskforce.
- Allowing tax breaks for affordable housing projects.
- Pilot projects easing the expansion of urban growth boundaries for low-income housing, such as is being done in Yachats.
- Using state LIFT (Local Innovation and Fast Track) funds to support multi-family housing development.
- Encouraging tiny homes as is currently allowed under county code.
- Funding in support of Samaritan House, Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise, examples of non-profits working to help families get “on-their-feet” and find housing.
Mental Health Services – The needs of the mentally ill are a serious concern. As a county commissioner I am working to address these needs though many approaches.
- Implementation of the “Stepping Up” initiative and its “sequential intercept” process, a nationally recognized program (Stepuptogether.org) helping to keep the mentally ill out of our corrections systems.
- Priority development of mobile crisis counselors to assist law enforcement when mentally ill are first encountered in the field.
- Improved and innovative programs and staffing of our county’s behavioral health counselors and crisis coordinators, efforts to identify needs, and to locate and assist with accessing resources.
- Support for the Pretrial Justice Program, a process aimed at keeping very low risk offenders (often mentally ill) out of jail while they await an appearance before a judge.
- A reorganization of our Health and Human Services department, including the Behavioral Heath Division, under a new department director.
- Improved coordination and collaborative alignment of mental health services with our hospitals and other non-profit and private providers.
- Respite housing purchased by the county with state and federal funds
Jobs: Selection of Newport for $25 million new grid-connected marine energy research center
Fiscal Management: Controlled spending and nearly doubled county reserves to $9 million
Jobs: $8.0 million in lottery funds for the Port of Toledo boat yard haul out project eventually creating 150 jobs
Public Safety: Funded 2 additional employees in Sheriff’s Office
Community Justice: Funded a new domestic violence victims advocate
Mental Heath: Purchase of temporary respite housing with state and federal funds
Veteran’s Services: Expanded and enhanced local services and added a Lincoln City office
Roads: $28 million in state and federal funding for 17 major county highway projects throughout the county
Roads: Testified in support of $142 million in final funding for Highway 20 completion
Savings: $1.0 million in taxpayer savings achieved with new health plan
Collaboration: Successful negotiation of all 6 county employee contracts
Mental Health: Improved expanded services through innovative programs and staffing and re-organization of Health and Human Services department
Barbara Jenkins-Gibson, Lincoln City Business Owner – In support 0f Commissioner Hunt – Audio MP3
Lorna Davis, Community Business Leader – In support of Commissioner Hunt – Audio MP3
“Building an even more Financially Responsible, Transparent and Collaborative county government.”
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 banking. During 39 years in the banking industry I worked for six different banks 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 a commercial loan 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 with a bank in Lincoln City. As a resident banker in the county, I was responsible for bank branches 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 lending and oversaw deposit relationships exceeding $590 million and a loan portfolio of some $27 million.
As a former community banker and businessman 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 450 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.
Authorized by the Committee to Re-elect Doug Hunt Lincoln County Commissioner