BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney plans to continue serving regional government after her term ends in December. January first, Baney will take over as Executive Director of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council; her selection was unanimously approved by COIC’s board, earlier this week.
Baney tells KBND News she pursued the job after losing her re-election bid in the May Primary, "It matters to me to be a part of something that is giving back to the community and helping our government be more efficient and to meet the needs of the region. I am really excited about helping COIC get to the next iteration of what the region needs and to help the region identify how COIC can help them meet their goals." She says that means moving the council of governments forward, "I know that they are interested in re-branding; they’re interested in looking at the future and seeing what value they can add and [I’m] just excited that they see in me the ability to take them and guide them into the next iteration of the organization."
COIC manages the public transportation system Cascades East Transit
, as well as other regional services, "They play an important role in being able to address issues such as, transit, housing, water policy, workforce development, economic development," Baney says, "There are a lot of little pieces that COIC plays, and parts that they play, in our overall system that I think most don’t really recognize." COIC's board pointed to Baney's work as an elected official and position on numerous state committees
and commissions, as well as her knowledge of transportation, housing, natural resources, economic development and youth development as reasons for her appointment. Vice Chair Bartt Brick said in a statement, Thursday, "Ms. Baney's passion for Central Oregon and her commitment to both economic vitality and being an active voice for the underserved and the marginalized in our community make her a perfect choice to lead COIC forward."
Baney replaces Karen Friend, who announced plans to retire earlier this year.