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County attorney lands new job in the Valley

Paul Hathaway's last day will be May 23, then he heads to Washington County

by: Photo By Troy Foster - Paul Hathaway says his new job is simply the next career step for him and his family.

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    May 7, 2003 — Paul Hathaway, the man who has provided Jefferson County’s commissioners legal advice the past nine years, has accepted a job in Washington County.
    The 42-year-old former Marine’s last day is May 23.
    “It’s an upward career move, that’s what it is,” Hathaway said.
    For nearly a decade, he’s been a one-man legal team for the county — giving public employees good legal advice, but also telling them everything they don’t want to hear. In Washington County, he’ll be an assistant county counsel on an eight-attorney staff.
    Hathaway likens the new job to working for a firm.
    “We’d always said that Washington County would be my next step,” Hathaway said of the thought process he and his wife, Julia, went through in reaching the decision. “We like that community.”
    Hathaway is no stranger to Washington County. Before moving here, he lived and worked as a private attorney in Aloha.
    But deciding to return there was not without mixed emotions, Hathaway said.
    “When it came up, I asked Julia, ‘Should we go for it?’” Hathaway said. “And we just committed it to prayer. If God wanted us to go, he’d open the door and if he didn’t he’d close it.”
    Hathaway has been an active servant to the community and to his faith.
    He’s a Salvation Army extension agent, chairman of the Madras Conservative Baptist Church’s board of directors, he leads jail ministries once a week and is a past president of the local Christian Businessmen’s Committee. He’s been involved with Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis and Jefferson County Young Life.
    “I’ve been blessed to make friends here in professional and community circles,” Hathaway said. “And most of the time, those have been one and the same.
    “I love the small town familiarity and family atmosphere. We’ll miss that so much.”
    Hathaway learned he was hired Thursday. It was the second time he’s ever applied for another job while working for Jefferson County. Four years ago he was a finalist for a spot with the city of McMinnville.
    “I didn’t send out a bunch of resumes after the election,” Hathaway said. “I want to be clear about that.”
    Hathaway has three sons: P.J., 12, Christopher, 10, and Joshua, 8.
    He grew up all over the United States, moving from coast to coast with his father, who worked for Consolidated Edison of New York, one of the largest utility companies in the world.
    The constant moving forced him to get a GED, and soon after he went into the U.S. Marine Corps where he worked as an electrical equipment repairman.
    He moved to Jefferson County in 1994.
    “I’ve really appreciated the trust and confidence the commissioners over the years placed in me,” Hathaway said.
    He said he believes the county improved services to its citizens through the 1990s growth spurt, and he credits his immediate supervisor for helping make that happen.
    “(County Administrator) Mike Morgan, certainly in my opinion, has been the glue that allowed that to happen,” Hathaway said.