Commissioner Farr Elected Board Chair 

Contact: Lane County Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis, 541-915-4659


Today, Commissioner Pat Farr was unanimously elected chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners.


“This is a great privilege to lead the Board as we face both tremendous opportunities and important challenges in the year ahead,” said Farr. “This year, we will be hiring a new County administrator, working on a comprehensive public safety plan, and continuing to make difficult budget choices. Working with my fellow commissioners, we will continue to focus on creating new jobs and providing the services County residents need.”


Pat Farr took over from outgoing chair Sid Leiken, who finished his second term as chair of the board. Farr, who previously served as a member of the Bethel School Board, the Eugene City Council, and the Oregon House of Representatives, was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2012. 


Commissioner Faye Stewart, representing East Lane County, was unanimously elected vice-chair of the Board. Commissioner Pete Sorenson nominated Stewart for the vice chair position. Stewart, originally elected to the Board in 2006, previously served as chair of the Board of Commissioners in 2007, 2008, and 2011.