Jim Bernard was elected Clackamas County Commissioner in November 2008. He previously served as Mayor of Milwaukie for eight years and is the owner of a third generation, family-owned business founded in 1925. Commissioner Bernard brings a legacy of strong customer and constituent service to the residents of Clackamas County.
- Reaching out to all citizens, whether they live within one of Clackamas County’s cities, hamlets, villages, or special districts, and hearing and listening to their concerns.
- Ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and that county employees continue to provide outstanding customer service.
- Supporting increased investment in public safety by focusing on the areas of greatest return: juvenile services, drug courts, probation and rehabilitation, safe and secure jails, increased community patrols, and re-entry councils.
- Supporting the need to provide or partner with other organizations to offer adequate prenatal and health care for our most vulnerable citizens.
- Supporting Clackamas County veterans by increasing county investment in education, job training and coordination of benefits.
- Supporting the unemployed, homeless, and hungry citizens by enhancing county services and programs to meet their needs.
In 2001 Jim was elected Mayor of Milwaukie, a position he held until his election as a County Commissioner. His father Joe also served as Mayor of Milwaukie in the early 1960s. Jim credits his success as a public servant to his understanding that any successful undertaking requires outstanding customer service and innovative partnerships.
One of his proudest accomplishments was the creation of the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market, in cooperation with the Milwaukie Downtown Development Association. He was president of the organization at the time and now serves as business manager. The Sunday Market provided Milwaukie citizens an opportunity to access their Mayor and helped to bring the community together.
Jim has also served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Automotive Service Association of Portland; president of the Milwaukie Downtown Development Association; chair of the Milwaukie Riverfront Board; and as a member of the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation Board, Clackamas County Coordination Committee, Complete Community Connections, Oregon Mayors Association Board, South Corridor Committee, Aquatic Center Task Force and the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.
Jim currently serves on the following committees:
Metro Policy Advisory Committee, alternate
National Association of Counties (NACo)
Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee
Greater Portland Inc., Board of Directors
North Willamette Research and Extension Center Advisory Council
Clackamas County Business Alliance
North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, District Advisory Board liaison
Jim is a lifelong Clackamas County resident. In addition to serving the people of Clackamas County, he enjoys walking long distances, hiking, biking, golfing and traveling. He collects lapel pins and busts of presidents and other historic figures. His favorite travel destination in Oregon is the Mount Hood area and the Oregon Coast.
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