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Jay Wilson re Lianne Thompson

Published on November 10, 2017 12:01AM


In response to the allegations against Commissioner Lianne Thompson (“Lee calls for Thompson’s resignation,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 26), I urge the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to consider the dedication and commitment that Commissioner Thompson has been making to her district, the county and the state in the capacity she serves in her elected position, but also as the co-chairwoman of the Public Safety Subcommittee on Resilience, with the Oregon Association of Counties.

During my second term (2015-2017) as chairman of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Commission (OSSPAC), Commissioner Thompson was a steadfast voice for resilience planning for coastal communities, and very active in many of the organizational meetings I attended on tsunami safety and the Oregon Resilience Plan.

In March, she moderated a panel on community resilience in the tsunami zone at the 2017 National Meeting of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in Portland, and demonstrated strong leadership in promoting community disaster planning at the 2017 Oregon Emergency Management Association Conference in Eugene in late September.

Her ability to attend these types of events and bring her direct representation as an elected public official adds tremendous value to the coastal perspectives on the challenges around risk and resilience. I hope you can appreciate her level of service and commitment in working outside of the box, and usual comfort zones, in order to make change to the status quo.

Jay Wilson

Portland



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