Outgoing commissioner Fred Messerle released the final recommendations from the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) at Portland State University today. For those who don’t remember, NPCC offered a limited but free review of county government and administrative issues through the Association of Oregon Counties. The program is headed by a former city administrator and not surprisingly the document wants to support converting to an administrator model except that the report is forced to acknowledge the administrator ordinance advisory vote, “Measure 6-144 failed by a large margin”.
The report sidesteps around public objection to hiring an administrator by suggesting a novel solution. “We are not recommending that the Board proceed with the hiring of a County Administrator”, and risk the ire of the public coming down on the commission write the authors grudgingly. “But we are recommending that you consider hiring a Chief Administrative Officer who would also be the Department Director of Administrative Services. Essentially this would move you a step closer to a County Administrator, but would not be the same as Measure 6-144 which failed”. So there you have it, just change the title of the administrator to “director” and the problem is solved.
Read the 33 page report plus 75 pages of appendices here Combined Review of Selected Admininstrative Issues for Coos County Government with Recommendations Condensed