Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Equity, diversity, and inclusion at Clackamas County is about creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive place for citizens and County employees to live, work, and feel safe. We are committed to removing barriers to fairness in representation, opportunity, and access in Clackamas County, 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

Equity is the principled commitment to ensuring the absence of visible and invisible barriers to fairness in representation, opportunity. Clackamas County affirms as matters of principle the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of County governance, operations and services rendered to County residents and the public at large. The County defines equity in the following manner "Equity is the principled commitment to ensuring the absence of visible and invisible barriers to fairness in representation, opportunity, and access."

In 2012, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners approved the Resolution Valuing Diversity. In this resolution, they affirmed support for the formation of three advisory councils. The employee-led Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC), the community-based Leadership for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (LEDIC) and the Diversity Management Council (DMC), made up of department directors from across the county. These 3 advisory councils dedicate volunteer hours to creating, implementing, and advising on equity, diversity and inclusion programming and policy across the county.

Our customers can expect the following:

  • Service by professional, competent and reliable staff.
  • Staff follow through on their service commitments.
  • Prompt, courteous and efficient customer service.
  • Staff that is focused on results; committed to working together to find solutions.
  • Straightforward and honest information.
  • Staff that value and treat all with dignity, respect and kindness.
  • Contact with staff by phone, email or in-person communication.
  • Staff that is dependable and accountable for their responsibilities.
  • Staff that treats all fairly and equitably


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Translation, interpretation and hearing accommodations

To help ensure equal access to the county's compliance plans, services, and activities, Clackamas County reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, accommodations, and auxiliary aids. For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact 503-655-8291, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, or TTY/TDD 503-655-8757.

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The Queers and Allies Group (Q&A)

Q&A provides LGBTQ education, engagement and advocacy for Clackamas County employees in order to create awareness and inclusion to empower equitable change in our workplace.

They meet the first Tuesday of each month at noon, in the Juvenile Annex (the modular building at the SE corner of the gravel parking lot across from the PSB).

If you are interested in joining the Q&A group, email co-chairs Kelly Blixhavn at KBlixhavn@clackamas.us and Bentley Moses at LBentleyMoses@clackamas.us.

Employee Resource Group

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Employee Resource Groups are volunteer-led groups organized around a particular shared interest. They allow employees the chance for workforce development, networking, mentoring, and provide a space for personal and professional awareness. Participation is voluntary.

Workforce Character

Workforce Character is the commitment the county makes to communicate, train and hold accountable employee performance based on its core values.

Assistant County Administrator
Department Staff
Emmett Wheatfall
Emmett Wheatfall
Assistant County Administrator