I love the transition from summer to autumn here in the Pacific Northwest. Just before the heavy rain hit, I enjoyed a sunny Saturday tabling at the Rosewood Initiative’s Saturday Celebrations. I got to talk with Multnomah County residents about the redistricting process and share information on what our office does. I also ate amazing local food, checked out the offerings of talented artisans, and listened to a live DJ and live music. Like so many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened my appreciation for how important it is for us to be able to gather as a community and connect with one another. Thank you to the Rosewood Initiative for putting on a great event, and for hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic!Read on to learn more about how you can give me feedback on county-level redistricting and how you can apply to serve on the Multnomah County Salary Commission. And stay tuned - I’m about to release a status evaluation report on recommendations made in our first audit of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, my team is busy completing an audit on jail conditions, and we continue on with our second set of audits of the county’s response to the pandemic, which focus on contact tracing and cost recovery.
Did you know that redistricting occurs at the county as well as the state and federal levels? As Multnomah County Auditor, I’m in charge of redistricting Multnomah County commissioner districts.I’d love to hear about what matters to you in your local redistricting process! I’ve got three questions for you. You can respond to the questions online, email me your audio or video answers, or print them out and mail them to me. You can also pick up and submit hard copies at any Multnomah County library location. Questionnaires are available in English, Russian, Somali, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. I'll be taking responses through October 15, 2021.
Apply to Serve on the Salary Commission
I’m looking for two community members to serve on the Salary Commission. The Salary Commission sets the salaries for the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners, County Commissioners, the Sheriff, and the County-paid supplemental salary of the District Attorney. The commission will begin meeting in January 2022.The Charter specifies that:
The Commission is to include five members.
Members are to be qualified human resource professionals with compensation experience.
Elected or appointed County officials and employees cannot serve on the Commission.
Applications are due November 15.
Helpful COVID-19 Links
- COVID-19 rent relief information for Multnomah County residents: Find out how to apply for emergency rent assistance.
- Complete list of current Multnomah County vaccination clinics, along with information about who is eligible (everyone!) , accessing support for language access and for seniors, and information about the vaccination process
- If you would like information on how to stay healthy, slow the spread of coronavirus, or how to report any issues, please visit https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19.
- Unfortunately, some communities have experienced acts of racism and xenophobia because of the myths surrounding COVID-19; this county site has information about how to report discrimination and find support.
- If you are at work and your employer does not seem to be following public health directives, you can report that to Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division.
- This page contains resources to support our communities as we experience the COVID-19 pandemic and get through this together.
- Learn about COVID-19 community and business guidance from Multnomah County.
- Learn more about disability rights and COVID-19.