8 candidates selected for consideration of vacant commissioner seat


Public interviews set for Jan. 25

Eight candidates have been selected for further consideration to fill the open seat on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. The open seat, Position #5, was held by Jim Bernard who became Clackamas County Chair earlier this month.

Seventy-eight candidates applied for the vacancy during an application process that closed Jan. 3. The person ultimately selected for the position will complete the remaining term of Position #5, which runs through December 2018. The position, as all board seats are, is nonpartisan.

“The quality of the candidate pool was very impressive, and we truly thank all those who showed an interest in this important position,” stated Chair Bernard. “I, like my fellow commissioners, look forward to these interviews and making a selection in the best interest of our residents as soon as possible.”

The eight individuals who have been identified to move on in the process are:

  • Scott Bruun: The Chief Operating Officer of Hubbell Communications, and a former member of the Oregon House of Representatives. He resides in West Linn.
  • Jody Carson: A manager with HealthInsight Oregon, and a former member of the West Linn City Council, the city in which she resides. 
  • Sonya Fischer: A local attorney with Fischer Family Law, and a former Legislative Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She resides in Lake Oswego.
  • Charles Gallia: A Senior Policy Advisor with the Oregon Health Authority. He resides in Oregon City.
  • Jon Gustafson: The co-owner of Beals Design Build and a real estate broker, and a former member of the Lake Oswego City Council, the city in which he resides.
  • Eleanore Hunter: A manager with Hunter Financial, Inc. and co-manager of USA Financial Group, Ms. Hunter currently serves on the Oak Grove Community Council, the community in which she resides.
  • Carol Pauli: A former member of the city council in Oregon City, Ms. Pauli resides in unincorporated Clackamas County. She previously was an owner/operator in the restaurant industry in Oregon City and a resident of the city for 20 years. 
  • Jenni Tan: An officer with Children First For Oregon, and a former member of the West Linn City Council, the city in which she resides.

The next stage of the selection process happens next Wednesday, Jan. 25. The remaining eight candidates will be asked to interview, one at a time, before the board from 5 to 8 p.m. in the commission Hearing Room, fourth floor of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

The interviews will be televised live on the Clackamas County Government Channel and streamed online. This meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

The eight candidates have been provided two questions in advance of the meeting: one related to the most significant challenge facing the county, and another concerning how candidates would represent county residents outside of their immediate communities. Additional questions may be posed.

Commissioners discussed the selection process in a policy session on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 p.m. Listen to the audio from that meeting.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at 503-742-5911.