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:
Clackamas County Committees
Chair, Clackamas County Audit Committee
Clackamas County Fair Board (liaison)
Clackamas County Safe Communities Advisory Group – Vice Chair
Family Justice Center Steering Committee
Local Public Safety Coordinating Council
Governor-appointed Justice Reinvestment Grant Review Committee (voting member)
Oregon Community Corrections Commission
Association of Oregon Counties (AOC)
Board of Directors
Special Operations Committee
Public Safety Committee – Co-chair
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Subcommittee
Juvenile Justice Task Force – Co-chair
Business Partners Advisory Committee
Portland-Vancouver Economic Development District Board
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Steering Committee
National Association of Counties (NACo)
Justice and Public Safety
Clackamas County Business Alliance
Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties – Vice chair
Board of Directors – Greater Portland Inc.
NWREC Advisory Council
Mt. Hood Multi-Modal Committee
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.