The Board of County Commissioners, or BCC, is made up of five county residents who are elected to four-year terms. Working together, the board is charged with taking action in the best interest of the county and its constituents.
Commissioners set county policies, establish departmental budgets, and have the right to send countywide measures to the ballot.
During a regular week, commissioners typically take action at Policy Sessions or the weekly Business Meeting. They also sporadically hold Land Use Hearings that affect public policy (not to be confused with meetings held by the Land Use Hearings Officer,) and serve as the directors of several other separate boards for service districts.
The Commissioners are encouraging the public to participate participate digitally or in person at weekly Business Meetings.
The public is welcome to provide comment to the board at any Business Meeting on Thursdays. Register online for Public Communication via Zoom or if you are coming in person there will be a blue card at the door to fill out. Learn about Presenting Effective Testimony at Board meetings.
Current BCC Priorities
These projects are outlined in Performance Clackamas, our county plan that details how we strive for strategic results.
Build public trust through good government
By July 1, 2022, the County's budget will be structurally sound, sustainable, and 100% tied to results.
By 2024, County policies and decisions, service delivery, and Board deliberations will be equitable, inclusive and transparent.
Grow a vibrant economy
By 2024, 75% of businesses working in Clackamas County report a business-friendly environment that supports stability and growth.
By 2026, 15% increase in jobs that meet the self-sufficiency standard wage in Clackamas County.
Build a strong infrastructure
By 2024, funding for the next phase (from 122nd-172nd) of the Sunrise Gateway multimodal corridor improvements will be committed from federal, state, regional and local funding sources.
By 2026, 100% of County residents and businesses — where served — have access to safe and affordable infrastructure: multimodal transportation including roads, sewer and broadband services.
Ensure safe, healthy, and secure communities
By 2025, 1,500 affordable housing units will be developed. These units will be stratified across Area Median Income (AMI) ranges as follows:
- 700 units at 61-110% AMI
- 800 units at 0-60% AMI
By 2025, new and existing funding for the County's Courthouse, Jail and Law Enforcement operations will be identified from federal, state, regional and local funding sources.
Honor, utilize, promote, and invest in our natural resources
By 2023, the Climate Action Plan is adopted for our community with specific recommendations to reach the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
By 2026, 10% increase in food production and food production acres from agricultural land in Clackamas County.
Service District Boards
The five elected commissioners also serves as the governing body for other service districts/boards that are considered separate from the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). These other districts/boards are listed below.
The five commissioners typically meet as these boards at the regularly scheduled Business Meeting, but adjourn as the BCC and reconvene as the new board to do so. This is especially the case during Budget Hearings, and the reason why the general county budget is different than the all-purpose budget (which incorporates the service district budgets).
Provides wastewater resource recovery and watershed protection services. Serves more than 165,000 customers in Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn and several unincorporated areas.
Oversees the level of Sheriff’s patrols in urban Clackamas County. The district serves about 85,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Clackamas County within the Urban Growth Boundary, as well as the city of Johnson City.
A separate public corporation formed under ORS 456 to develop, own and manage housing that is affordable to low income individuals. This Board includes an additional citizen member who is a public housing resident or Section 8 Program participant as required by law.
The permanent rate approved by voters in November 2008 is $ 0.3974 per thousand of assessed value. This district was formed to act as the fiscal agent distributing property tax revenues raised by a specific rate to local library-operating governments.
The district contract with outside parties to design, install, maintain and operate street lights. The district extends from the north county line to the Clackamas River on the south, and from the Willamette River on the west to the Urban Growth Boundary on the east.