SALEM, Ore. — On Thursday, November 16, Marion County Commissioner Danielle Bethell was elected president of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) during the organization’s annual conference.
Commissioner Bethell recently served as second vice chair, first vice chair and now will serve a one-year term as president, leading the AOC’s board of directors and representing the interests of county governments across the state.
“I am honored to be elected president of the Association of Oregon Counties,” said Commissioner Bethell. “I am committed to working with and learning from my fellow commissioners across Oregon to improve our counties and the communities we serve.”
The AOC is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Oregon’s 36 counties. The AOC provides a variety of services to its members, including advocacy, training, and technical assistance, in addition to policy level education and advocacy to the Oregon State Legislature.
Commissioner Bethell’s term as AOC president began November 17, 2023. Areas of priority are centered around expanding collaboration, resources, and outcomes for behavioral health, housing, and public safety initiatives. Throughout 2024, she will work alongside other county commissioners to draft policies to take to the 2025 Oregon legislative session in hopes of creating a more service oriented system of care that is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each county across Oregon and the residents they support.