State of the County

State of the County
Posted on 01/07/2019

Commissioner Jay Bozievich delivered the annual State of the County Address today at Harris Hall.


The address began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Commissioner Pat Farr and included music by local musician Paul Biondi.


Lane County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Debra Vogt swore four officials into office:

  • Assessor Mike Cowles
  • Commissioner Heather Buch
  • Commissioner Joe Berney
  • Commissioner Jay Bozievich


During his remarks, Bozievich shared a number ways Lane County continued to build on its foundation of stability and enhance direct services to the community in 2018:


  • The transfer of the long-vacant Forest Work Camp to Veterans Legacy for $1.00 to support a veterans’ rehabilitation program.
  • The start of a partnership with Homes for Good to build 51 units of permanent supportive housing next to the Lane County Behavioral Health campus.
  • The adoption of the first Parks Master Plan update in more than 30 years. The Plan provides a blueprint for a vibrant parks system.
  • The opening of an additional 50 local jail beds for a total of 367 local jail beds in the Lane County Jail.
  • The Community Health Centers implemented a program to use other methods, including yoga and acupuncture, to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions. In addition to a 40-percent reduction in opioid prescriptions at the Community Health Centers, the program is receiving federal interest.


Bozievich ended his presentation with a welcome to new commissioners Heather Buch and Joe Berney.


Read a full copy of the commissioner's remarks online.


To view the brief State of the County video, please visit

To view the full address, please visit


To view the courthouse video shown during the address, please visit