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The Office of the County Administrator works with the Board of County Commissioners to provide effective and quality in all county programs


County Administrator

Gary Schmidt

County Administrator Gary Schmidt serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Clackamas County and is responsible for providing overall direction to county departments and programs consistent with policy established by the BCC.

Gary is a lifelong resident of Clackamas County, a former president of Toastmasters International and was most recently the director of the county’s office of Public and Government Affairs, where he worked in various leadership roles since 2009.

Assistant County Administrators

Dan Chandler

Dan Chandler serves as an executive strategist and policy advisor to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator. His duties include: representing county leadership on a wide range of topics at the federal, state, regional and local levels; providing centralized expertise and guidance on county policy matters; and providing advice and counsel on complex policy and strategic issues.

Emmett Wheatfall

Emmett Wheatfall’s duties include: supporting county efforts to administer Performance Clackamas; administering Title II, Title VI, and affirmative action compliance programs; assisting in the county’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity recruitment; overseeing the county commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, Our Core Values, and the formation of employee networking groups; providing support for the county's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council and Leaders for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council; and representing the county as a liaison to diverse communities.

Administrative Support

Clerk to the Board of Commissioners

Mary Raethke

Mary Raethke serves as the Clerk to the BCC during Business Meetings, where she is responsible for the proper meeting procedure and the recording of votes and official actions. She also serves as the office manager for County Administration, provides assistance to the County Administrator, and manages the department’s budget.

Administrative Board Assistant 2

Kevin Moss

Kevin Moss acts as the Clerk for the BCC’s Land Use Hearings, assists with department finances, and staffs the front office.

Administrative Board Assistant 1

Christina Terwilliger

Commission Policy Advisors

Each county commissioner is assigned a dedicated policy advisor. These staff respond to citizen inquiries; resolve problems and complaints; maintain commissioner schedules; represent commissioners at public and county meetings; collaborate with departments on policy development related to initiatives; and complete research, reports and recommendations to commissioners.

Commission Staff Manager

Drenda Howatt

In her role, Drenda Howatt manages the policy advisor staff; supports the County Administrator in applying BCC policy; represents commissioners at public and county meetings; collaborates with departments on policy development related to commission initiatives; works with other departments to resolve problems; responds to resident inquiries and resolves problems and complaints.

Policy Advisors
Department Staff
Caroline Hill
Commission Policy Advisor, assigned to Chair Jim Bernard
Kimberlee DeSantis
Senior Commission Policy Advisor, assigned to Commissioner Ken Humberston
Emily Klepper
Senior Commission Policy Advisor, assigned to Commissioner Martha Schrader
Tracy Moreland
Commission Policy Advisor, assigned to Commissioner Paul Savas
Mary Jo Cartasegna
Commission Policy Advisor, assigned to Commissioner Sonya Fischer


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