Crook County, Oregon
Salary: $106,305 – $117,374
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Located in the geographic center of Oregon where the Blue Mountains intersect the Cascade Mountain Range, Crook County (pop. 26,845) covers 2,987 square miles and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife the northwest has to offer. Crook County is a unique blend of rural landscapes and charming communities, fueled by excellent recreational and educational opportunities, a strong economy, and family focused, friendly, and progressive residents. The County’s seat and only incorporated city, Prineville (pop. 10,010) along with the County’s 8 unincorporated communities offer incredible recreation for residents and visitors alike including golfing, fishing, hunting, boating, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, all within a 30-minute drive. The Prineville Chamber of Commerce also provides access to over 1,000 acres of mining claims to rock-hounds, who can dig for free agates, limb casts, jasper and thundereggs. The county’s strong economy has traditionally been driven by agriculture, construction, forest products, livestock, manufacturing, recreation, and tourism. The County’s agriculture is supported by the development of irrigation districts, which permits the raising of hay, grain, mint, potatoes, and seed, while range and forest lands allow grazing for a sizable livestock industry. As well, the Ochoco National Forest’s abundance of ponderosa pine is the main source of lumber for the County, while tourism and recreation have helped round out the economy over the years. Helping build the steadily growing economy, Facebook has constructed two 300,000+ sq. ft. data centers and has plans for a third 60,000 sq. ft. building. Additionally, Apple has completed a 10,000 sq. ft. data center and has submitted a master plan to build a 500,000 sq. ft. center in the future.
The Organization & Position:
Crook County is governed by the Crook County Court which consists of three elected officials – the county judge and two county commissioners. The County Court has no judicial authority. The judge functions as the day-to-day administrator of the County as well as the chair of the County Court. The commissioners are part-time, set policy for the County, and represent the County in various forums. The County operates on a 2020/2021 budget of $97,008,700 with 221 employees who are a part of 25 departments. The Finance Department performs centralized financial services for all County departments and serves as the property tax collection agency and distributor of property taxes for all taxing districts within Crook County. The Finance Department currently has 5 FTEs and the elected Crook County Treasurer who partners with the Finance Director and County Court remotely.
Under general supervision of the County Court, the Finance Director manages and maintains the County’s long-term financial well-being by providing executive level fiscal services including the development, review, analysis, evaluation, and administration of the County’s budget and larger financial operations. This is not an oversight position; the Finance Director is expected to be a hands-on financial practitioner heavily involved in the finance department’s inner workings.
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