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April 28th is the day to thank an environmental health specialist for your great meal, healthy daycare and safe pool

They number just 25. But the team of environmental health specialists at Multnomah County daily keep food, water and air safe for all residents and visitors. On Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners declared Monday, April 28th as Environmental Health Specialist Day. The specialists are “the unsung hero’’ of public health,’’ Chair Marissa Madrigal said.


Measles diagnosed in local child who traveled overseas

Local health officials have learned of a case of measles in an unimmunized infant who recently visited overseas. The child passed briefly through the Portland International Airport on Monday evening, March 24, 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed at a local primary care clinic


Social Security Administration announces Safety Net clients will get April benefits on time

Stanley Friendship, regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, said former Safety Net clients will get their April checks on time. 


Department of Community Justice parole and probation officer John Harlan dedicated his life to helping others

John Harlan sailing John Harlan, a Department of Community Justice parole and probation officer, developed a passion for working with mentally ill offenders in his 22 years at Multnomah County. Friends and colleagues remembered Harlan, who died March 22 in a motorcycle accident.


College to County Mentorship Program searches for next generation of Multnomah County's workforce

County to College Mentorship Program job fair College students interested in providing services in Multnomah County learned about internship and mentorship opportunities available to them during a recent orientation and meet-and-greet with county staff. 


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About Multnomah County

Population: Approximately 748,000 residents (the most populous of Oregon's 36 counties)

Geography: 465 square miles (the smallest of Oregon's counties)

Cities: Fairview, Gresham, Maywood Park, Portland, Troutdale, Wood Village

County Employees: About 5,600 people.

Functions: Services for seniors and disabled people, animal services, assessment and taxation, bridges, community justice, courts, elections, health, jails, libraries, marriage licenses and passports, school and community partnerships.

Elected officials: Four commissioners elected to the board by district. Elected countywide are a board chair, sheriff, district attorney and auditor.

Weekly board meetings: At 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, first-floor board room, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. 

County History: Created on Dec22, 1854 and named after native people in the region.