Tootie Smith was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in November 2012. Prior to that she was a State Representative from 2001 to 2005 where she served on several key committees including Ways and Means and as Deputy Majority Leader. She is the first conservative woman elected to the Clackamas County Commission. Commissioner Smith currently serves as the Commission's Vice Chair.
She has owned a local business for 25 years and is a fourth generation farmer, a former journalist and lobbyist and has served as a chief financial officer for several corporations. Tootie served on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of Oregon for seven years and was its president for two years. While president, she spearheaded and passed first-of- its-kind brain injury legislation that has been copied nationally. Smith was awarded a lifetime achievement award March 8, 2013 for her work on brain injury issues and legislation.
Tootie resides on a Mulino-area hazelnut farm with her husband of 38 years. She has one adult daughter. Tootie is a member of the VFW auxiliary post 1324 in Oregon City and has a keen interest in responsible use of natural resources. Smith's interests include visiting the Oregon Coast, camping, dogs, photography and cooking.
Commissioner Smith's Priorities
- Promote sound fiscal practices, find efficiencies, ensure sustainable funding sources for public safety and health care and encourage efficient delivery of County services.
- Encourage transparency in County government, including expansive and meaningful public outreach.
- Diversify strategies for local business retention and expansion including land expansion to attract large employers and development and expansion of small and family-owned business.
- Help citizens through problems in dealing with government
Commissioner Smith is the Board representative on the following committees:
- Association of Oregon Counties (AOC)
- Board of Directors
- Legislative Committee
- Public Lands & Natural Resources Steering Committee
- Water Policy Committee
- National Association of Counties (NACo) Steering Committees
- Agriculture and Rural Affairs
- Metro Policy Advisory Committee
- Willamette Falls Legacy Project
- Willamette Falls Locks Working Group, Co-Chair
- Willamette Falls Locks State Task Force
- County Committees:
- Economic Development Commission
- Housing Advisory Board
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