April AOC Day Features Huffman
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help." With that time honored quip delivered with a straight face, USDA Rural Development Director for Oregon John Huffman launched into a report for the Association of Oregon Counties Legislative Committee April 9th.  A former state representative, Huffman told county officials that his experience in the legislature prepared him well for his relatively new role as Rural Development Director of Oregon  ...»  
Policy Updates
AOC's draft summary of bills from this year's "short" session of the Oregon Legislature is now available. While the session was characterized by substantial policy bills, leading to a certain amount of partisan acrimony, it ended amicably and eight days earlier than the constitutionally mandated deadline of March 11th. There were  ...»

On Friday March 23rd, President Trump signed into law a 2,232 page, $1.3 trillion spending package. The agreement averted a government shutdown and will fund the federal government through September 30th of this year, bringing at least a temporary reprieve from short-term month-to-month funding extensions and partisan   ...»

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Columbia River Treaty Regime
April 25, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Spokane, Washington | Davenport Hotel

U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator Jill Smail will lead a Town Hall on  April 25, 2018 , as the United States prepares to begin negotiations with Canada to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime. Questions in advance to ColumbiaRiverTreaty@state.gov. Participate via phone by calling 1-866-340-4886 (toll free) and entering the passcode 372778087#.
AOC Logo Vertica Transparent
May 14, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

OACES Spring Conference
May 14-16, 2018 | Sunriver, Oregon | REGISTER

Join colleagues and area experts as they discuss and review the latest innovations and trends affecting members of the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors (OACES).  
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NACo News
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Partner Spotlight
Protecting, Serving and Safeguarding Life & Property - One Mile at a Time!

I hit two milestones in 2017. First, I reached 40 years of driving (I started very young!) and second, I was hit while driving for the first time, resulting in significant repairs but luckily no injuries, and not my fault! Forty years of driving with no accidents is pretty good. Insurance companies say that drivers between the age of 30-60 will be involved in 1.5 accidents in 30 years, or about one accident (at fault or not at fault) every 20 years. Likewise, a car should go 20-25 years with only one hit. 

At CIS, we find that most city and county drivers are excellent. In fact, vehicles insured at CIS average one accident in 25 years. Pretty darn good! EXCEPT... marked police department and sheriffs' office cars ...»

Employment Announcements

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The Last Word
Q: What bow cannot be tied? A: A rainbow!

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