Multnomah County Chair

The Chair is the Chief Executive Officer and personnel officer of Multnomah County. The Chair oversees and administers all County programs except those under the elected Sheriff, Auditor, District Attorney and Commissioners. The Chair presides over Board meetings and votes. The Chair executes Board policies, contracts, bonds and other instruments, and prepares the executive budget for submission to the Board of Commissioners.

Multnomah County Board of Commissioners

The Chair and Commissioners are elected to four-year terms on non-partisan ballots.  The Chair is elected to serve at-large.  The Commissioners are elected from west, north, central and east geographic districts based on population as established by the Home Rule Charter.  The Commissioners conduct all legislative activities of the County.  As such, they adopt policies; sit as the budget committee; review and amend the executive budget; hold hearings; and adopt the County budget.  They act as liaisons to departments, advisory boards and commissions; make changes in administrative departments; fill vacancies in elective offices; and, adopt labor agreements.  If you aren't sure what District you are in, you can view the map here: /communications/find-your-commissioner

By County Charter, the elected Auditor annually appoints and convenes the Salary Review Commission to set salaries for the Chair and the County Commissioners, and per Resolution, recommend the salary for the Sheriff and the County supplement for the District Attorney. The Salary Review Commission is composed of qualified citizens with personnel experience.

Board Meetings

The Board of County Commissioners considers items to be voted on at their regular meetings on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Briefings are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Board meetings can be viewed by the public on the Multnomah County Board YouTube channel. Members of the public can livestream board meetings on an electronic device or listen to the meetings by calling in by phone. 

Visit the Board Clerks' website to find instructions on calling in, watch past board meetings or access meeting minutes and agendas. A recording of each board meeting will be available on the Board Clerk’s website within 48 hours following the end of the meeting.

Public Comment

Please use the virtual public testimony form to sign up to testify or to submit written testimony on agenda and non-agenda items.

Public comment on non-agenda items will be heard at the beginning of Thursday board meetings. Comments on agenda items are heard before the Board votes on that item.

The deadline to sign up for the next scheduled Thursday Board meeting is Wednesday at 4 p.m.