3 finalists considered for vacant commissioner seat


Three finalists 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 in early January.

The three remaining candidates are:

  • Jody Carson: A director with HealthInsight Oregon (formerly Acumentra Health), Carson is a former member of the West Linn City Council (serving from 2006-2014) and has an extensive record of government and community service. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in West Linn.
  • Sonya Fischer: An attorney with local law firm Fischer Family Law, Fischer is a former Legislative Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Social Work from Warner Pacific College. She lives in Lake Oswego.
  • Jenni Tan: An officer with Children First For Oregon (a nonprofit organization that advocates for children’s well-being), Tan served on the West Linn City Council from 2010-2016. She holds a MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from UCLA. She lives in West Linn.

Seventy-eight candidates applied for the vacancy during an application process that closed Jan. 3. Eight candidates were selected for public interviews that were held last Wednesday, Jan. 25. Watch the interviews.

Commissioners discussed finalists at a Policy Session held earlier today. Listen to the session.

Commissioners will hold private, one-on-one interviews with the finalists. 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.

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