County Administrator

County of Morrow, OR

County Administrator
Morrow County, Oregon
Salary: $126,256 - $174,762 DOE (Salary effective July 1, 2023)

Located in northern Oregon along the Columbia River, Morrow County is a combination of agricultural lands, abundant recreational activities, and vast forest, mountain, and river views. With a population of roughly 12,000, Morrow County covers 2,049 acres which encompass five incorporated cities, 11 unincorporated communities, and a ghost town. In the foothills of the Blue Mountains in central Morrow County, the county seat of Heppner offers small town living, affordable housing, a mild climate, and close access to outdoor activities. The Port of Morrow, located in Boardman, serves the community with four industrial parks and is prominently known as a food processing center. The port also accommodates state-of-the-art clean energy production facilities, as well as high technology data centers.

Morrow County is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners and employs approximately 150 FTEs and operates on a FY 22-23 budget of approximately $80 million, including a Capital Improvement Project budget of over $2 million. County departments include: Assessment & Tax, Clerk/Elections, County Administration, District Attorney, Emergency Management, Fair Office, Finance, Human Resources, Justice Court, Juvenile Department, Planning, Public Health, Public Works, Sheriff, Surveyor, Public Transit, Treasurer, and Veterans Services.

Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners, the County Administrator is responsible for implementing board policy, managing county operations, oversight of the county’s budget, and supervisory authority over department directors. This position will advise, assist and act as agent as directed by the board. The City Administrator has responsibility and authority to assure county functions are carried out efficiently and effectively, and will provide leadership and administrative guidance to all elected and appointed department directors and processes as assigned by the board.

Education & Experience: A bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field, preferably supplemented by a master’s degree in business or public administration, or a related field. Five years of professional, progressively responsible experience in an administrative, managerial or supervisory capacity, which includes experience in budget preparation, personnel administration, and program development, implementation and management. Any equivalent combination of experience, education, and training that would allow a candidate to perform the duties of this position will be considered. The selected candidate will be required to live within the county.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. Morrow County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: May 28, 2023 (open until filled).

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Job Details

Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type
Full Time

County of Morrow


PO BOX 788
Heppner, OR 97836-0788
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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