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Clackamas County Commissioners appoint Gary Schmidt as new County Administrator


Clackamas County Commissioners Thursday appointed Gary Schmidt as County Administrator following a nationwide search. Schmidt will replace Donald Krupp who is retiring at the end of the month.

The County Administrator manages the employees and activities of the county by implementing the policies and goals of the Board of County Commissioners.

Schmidt is presently director of Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs. He has served in that position since 2011. Prior to that he served for two years as Public Affairs Manager.

“Gary is a lifelong resident of Clackamas County who brings a wealth of internal experience and knowledge about our county. He is well positioned to continue the incredible progress we have made over the past several years,” said Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard.

“I am grateful and honored to serve as the next Clackamas County Administrator. I look forward to continuing the outstanding service of County Administrator Don Krupp,” said Schmidt. “Working together with the public, Commissioners and County staff, we will continue to build and enhance public trust and serve and support this amazing community.”

Schmidt was selected following a nationwide recruitment. There were five finalists for the position.

“This was a very difficult decision among five extremely talented candidates,” said Bernard.

Schmidt will begin his new role Feb. 25.

Contact: Tim Heider
Phone: 503-742-5911