County Commissioner Doug Hunt Appointed To State Workforce Board

Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt signed an Oath of Office to serve on Oregon’s Workforce Investment Board. Earlier this week, Hunt received a signed letter from Governor Kate Brown announcing his appointment. The Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) is the overall advisory board to the Governor on workforce matters. One of the primary duties of the OWIB is to assist the Governor by developing a strategic plan for Oregon’s workforce development system.

This system provides a wealth of services including job placement and training for youth and adults, employment-related services for veterans, people with disabilities, migrant farm workers and limited English speakers as well as other Oregonians in need of special assistance. The system also serves employers by providing job listings and qualified applicants, as well as testing, screening, and labor market information.

Commissioner Hunt, who recently convened the Maritime Sector Strategies Committee as part of his participation on the Oregon Northwest Workforce Board sees his new appointment by the Governor as an additional opportunity for further growth and development of Lincoln County’s Maritime Sector.

Hunt said, “I have been pleased with the progress our Maritime Sector Strategies Committee has been making over the last year. The maritime industry’s success is critical to the success of family wage job creation in Lincoln County. We need to train and create a skilled workforce to participate in that industry.  Serving on the OWIB will give our County unique representation to further my objectives of creating jobs to grow our local and statewide economy.”

Commissioner Hunt joins 34 other leaders appointed by Governor Kate Brown who represent private business, labor, community-based organizations, Oregon legislature, local government, and other state agencies. As a County Commissioner, Hunt remains committed to developing a local and vibrant economy. “My service on the Lincoln County school board is where I developed a personal interest in public service and ultimately decided to pursue the goal of becoming a County Commissioner. After my appointment I have remained committed to job growth, workforce development, and economic development through service on numerous community and regional boards and organizations.”

Information and photo provided by Casey Miller LC PIO