Former Commissioner and County Executive Dennis Buchanan to be honored at the Feb. 8 board meeting

January 31, 2018

Former County Commissioner and Executive Dennis Buchanan
Former County Commissioner and County Executive Dennis Buchanan
Multnomah County Commissioners on Feb. 8 will honor former Commissioner and County Executive Dennis Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan, who died Dec. 26, 2017, served as County Commissioner for District 1 from 1975-1982 and as County Executive from 1983-1986.

An advocate for land use and urban planning, one of his first acts as County Commissioner was to take a crucial vote against the Mt. Hood Freeway. He also helped Multnomah County preserve the farmland of Sauvie Island, and traveled to Washington D.C. to fight for protections and a National Scenic Area for the Columbia River Gorge. He was an early champion for light rail, obtained regional funding and support for the Oregon Convention Center, and helped to get the downtown Justice Center built. He was dedicated to government that was fair, efficient and practical, and saw in the agreement between the city of Portland, the City of Gresham, and Multnomah County known as Resolution A an opportunity to reduce costs and redundancy in government services.

“Dennis Buchanan helped protect some of the most beloved parts of our region and created some of its most practical solutions,’’ said Chair Deborah Kafoury. “He was a true public servant.’’

The Board of Commissioners will honor Mr. Buchanan’s service to Multnomah County with a proclamation followed by a reception. All are welcome to attend the reception as well as the public board meeting. Mr. Buchanan’s family is expected to attend.

For more information, contact Mary-Margaret Wheeler-Weber in Chair Deborah Kafoury’s Office. mmww@multco.us, 503-988-8392.