Board of Commissioners

Board of Commissioners

Clatsop County is one of nine home-rule charter counties in Oregon. Home rule charters are county rule books, much like constitutions, that allow local citizens to craft their own laws rather than relying on state statutes. Home rule provides greater local governance control to our citizens. 

According to our charter, Clatsop County must have five volunteer elected Commissioners to establish policies and set the vision of the county. The Commissioners are elected by geographic districts to four-year terms.

The Board hires the County Manager to carry out its policies and oversee the day-to-day operations of the county government. View the organizational chart.

Each year, the Commissioners choose a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson. The current Chairperson is Scott Lee. The current Vice-Chairperson is Peter Huhtala.

The Board of Commissioners generally holds regular meetings on the second Wednesday at the month at 10 a.m. and on the fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Board usually meets in the Judge Guy Boyington Building located at 857 Commercial St. in downtown Astoria. The public is always welcome to attend the Board meetings.

Meeting agendas, minutes and audio recordings

Commissioner District Interactive Map

Printable Commissioner District Maps (pdfs)

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

HOW TO CONTACT THE COMMISSIONERS:

  • Reach the commissioners by phone at: (503) 325-1000
  • Fax the commissioners at: (503) 325-8325
  • E-mail us at: commissioners@co.clatsop.or.us
  • Mail inquiries to:

    Clatsop County Board of Commissioners

    800 Exchange St., Suite 410

    Astoria, OR 97103
 

Scott Lee Chairperson

Commissioner

District 1


Current term ends December 2014

Represents western Astoria as well as Warrenton and Hammond.

 

Sarah Nebeker

Commissioner

District 2


Current term ends December 2016

Represents Gearhart and Clatsop Plains and portions of Seaside and Warrenton.


Peter Huhtala            

Vice-Chairperson

Commissioner

District 3


Current term ends December 2014

Represents central Astoria, as well as Miles Crossing, Jeffers Garden, Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark, Youngs River, Olney, Green Mountain and part of Walluski.


Dirk Rohne

Commissioner

District 4

Current term ends December 2016

Represents the eastern portion of Astoria to the eastern border of the county, including Svensen, Knappa and Westport.


Matt Samuelson

Commissioner

District 5

Current term ends December 2014

Represents the southern portion of Clatsop County including Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Elsie, Jewell and Hamlet and portions of Seaside.

Among their many duties, the commissioners serve on various county-related committees by appointment by the Board of Commissioners. Use this link to view these assignments.

Click here for an interactive map of the five commissioner districts.

The commissioners serve without salary but may receive a stipend as recognition for their service. Each year the lay members of the Budget Committee determine the amount of the stipend. For 2012-2013, the chairperson receives $1,040 a month and the other commissioners receive $840 a month. The county reimburses the Board members for all actual and necessary expenses incurred on county business while outside the county.

County Counsel:

Clatsop County contracts with several private attorneys and legal firms for County Counsel services. These attorneys provide legal advice to the Board of Commissioners and County staff and departments. The County Counsel handles civil legal matters involving the county and reviews all proposed contracts between the county and other entities.

Heather Reynolds - General counsel

Bullard Law - Labor counsel

Jordan Ramis PC - Land use, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals issues

Beery Elsner and Hammond LLC - General counsel, land use and hearings officer services