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Marion County Oregon

April 4, 2017

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Board Session updates

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Below is a summary of highlights from recent Marion County Board Sessions. The commissioners meet weekly to formally consider county business. Board Session information is posted on-line at From here you can access the current agenda with supporting information, link to meeting videos, and view past agendas and meeting minutes. For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or

February 1, 2017
Approved updates to the Dog Control ordinance relating to Animal Rescue Entities. Updates were needed due to changes in state law. The revised ordinance clarifies the number of animals and renewal and registration requirements. The county currently has 22 registered rescue entities and is working to ensure countywide compliance.

February 8, 2017
Approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Woodburn, on behalf of the Woodburn Police Department, to provide one police officer for the mobile crisis team. The mobile crisis team pairs mental health professionals with patrol officers to respond to calls with individuals with mental health concerns.

February 22, 2016
Approved the 2017 Federal Agenda directing the work of the county’s contracted lobbying firm. The county is seeking federal grant funding for projects in the North Santiam Canyon, transitional housing, the proposed Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion or LEAD program, transportation and mental health projects, among others.

March 1, 2017
Approved a contract to construct a new building to house Parole & Probation and Central District patrol offices for the Sheriff’s Office. Construction is set to begin this spring and be completed by May 2018.

March 8, 2017
Approved a contract with an international solid waste consulting firm to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the county’s solid waste system to inform long term planning.

March 15, 2017
Approved five Community Projects grants totaling $54,670 in lottery funds. Grants include a downtown alley beautification project in Woodburn and mapping and engineering design work for the Butteville Landing Restoration Project. Proposals for a second round of funding will be accepted until May 26, 2017.

March 22, 2017
Authorized use of $35,000 in economic development funds for the Detroit Lake Marina Enhancement Project. The funds will be used for surveys and other services with the goal of strategic excavation around the two Detroit Lake marinas so they can remain operational during low water years.

March 29, 2017
Approved proclamations designating the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and April 3-9 as Public Health Week.  

Cary Moller appointed as Health Administrator

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The Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Cary Moller as the Health Administrator. Cary has most recently served as a Behavioral Health Division Director, overseeing community and provider services, intellectual and developmental disabilities and alcohol and drug treatment programs. Her appointment follows the retirement of longtime administrator Rod Calkins last fall. She began her new duties March 27.

Please help us congratulate Cary on her new position! Read the full press release

County receives financial reporting award

Marion County was recently recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association with the prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents the county’s commitment to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, Marion County had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the budget document serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. The award was received for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. This is the sixth consecutive year the county has received this award.

Chief Administrative Officer John Lattimer said, “This is a significant achievement for Marion County. I am very proud of our finance team and departmental financial staff who are committed to producing financial documents that provide a transparent and comprehensive overview of county programs for our residents.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 18,000 government finance professionals throughout the United State and Canada. GFOA's mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governmental financial resources for the public benefit.

For more information about Marion County’s budget and financial reporting, visit our website or call (503) 589-3290. 

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

Valley Development Initiatives

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Are you a property owner that is economically disadvantaged*? If so, you may qualify for a loan of up to $25,000 for home improvements and repairs. Marion County has funding available through Valley Development Initiatives for property owners who seek financial assistance to make necessary improvements, repairs and upgrades to their homes. The program offers a low interest, deferred payment loan to assist with repair or replacement of heating systems, upgrades or repairs to plumbing or electrical systems, roof and gutter replacement, siding, painting, weatherization and general upgrades and repairs to interior living spaces.  The four-percent (4%) APR simple interest loan accrues for the first five years only and then 0% interest accrues thereafter. There are no monthly payments, and the loan does not need to be repaid until sale or transfer of the home. The maximum loan amount is $25,000.

For more information about the program, contact Garrett Jensen, (503) 540-1640, at Valley Development Initiatives or visit the website,, to download a brochure and program qualification form.

*Economically disadvantaged – Gross household income is 80% or less of the median family income for Marion County ($56,500 in 2015)

County job opportunities

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What do an engineer and nurse have in common? There are career opportunities for both (and more) with Marion County. 

With 15 distinct and diverse departments there are a variety of positions available in many professions. Marion County works hard to attract and retain well qualified individuals to support and serve our communities. 

Current opportunities include:

Information Technology Director
Medium Equipment Operator
Mental Health Specialist 1 & 2 (various program areas)
Sr. Engineering Technician (Traffic or Inspection specialties)
Criminal Investigations Supervisor 

Visit our website for more information on these and other career opportunities.


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April 5

Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off
Oregon State Capitol
10 a.m.

April 7
Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Greeters
Marion County Public Works
8:30 a.m.
Hosted by Emergency Management  

April 8
Community Prepare Fair
North Salem High School
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 12
Board Session at Hubbard City Hall
3270 Second St., Hubbard 
9 a.m. 

April 22
Earth Day
The Oregon Garden
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sponsored by Marion County Environmental Services

Check out our full Meetings & Events list.