Washington County looks to Rappleyea to lead Office of County Counsel

He has served as Beaverton's city attorney since 2003
by: Christina Lent Alan Rappleyea will lead the legal team of Washington County.

Beaverton's city attorney is heading back to his old stomping grounds.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Alan Rappleyea to lead the Office of County Counsel.

Rappleyea, who has been Beaverton's city attorney since Sept. 3, 2003 (the same day his youngest son, Henry, entered kindergarten), will return to lead the county office he served in from 1996 to 2003.

He begins his new job with the county on June 28.

In the meantime, Bill Scheiderich, an assistant city attorney, will step in as Beaverton's interim city attorney to ensure the office runs smoothly during the city's search for a new leader for its legal team.

Rappleyea said he was looking forward to returning to the county after nearly eight years with the city and working closer to his Hillsboro home.

'I have enjoyed my time with the city working with the various city councilors, watching the change in the city's leadership and watching the city develop and get more sophisticated,' he said. 'I've learned a lot about city issues and working with the police department.

'When I was previously with the county, I focused on rural planning. Here in Beaverton, we've been focused more on urban planning.'

Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle said he would miss having Rappleyea on the team.

'His advice was always solid,' Doyle said. 'Alan was very tenacious, a great researcher and helped us with a number of cases.

'He's going to leave a big void here in Beaverton, but we wish him well. I'm sure he will be there for us in the future to give us insight from his time here when we need it. The county is lucky to get him back.'

Before joining Washington County's legal team as a senior assistant county counsel in 1996, Rappleyea was both county counsel and planning director for more than four years in Prineville. He also worked in government, labor and land-use law with the Portland firm of McEwen Grisvold.

Rappleyea is a member of both the Washington and Oregon state bar associations and is a board member of the Oregon Bar's Government Law Section. Rappleyea earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

'Alan is widely regarded as an outstanding lawyer representing the interests of local government and the communities we serve,' said Andy Duyck, chairman of the Board of Commissioners. 'Alan's experience and reputation in Oregon make him a superb choice as the head of our legal team. We are thrilled that he has agreed to this appointment.'

The Office of County Counsel provides legal advice to the Washington County government and affiliated agencies. The office represents the Board of Commissioners, County Administrative Office, the sheriff, Housing Authority, Fair Board, Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District, Urban Road Maintenance District, Service District for Lighting, Cooperative Library Services and all county employees. The office is supported by an annual budget of $1.8 million and is staffed by 13.75 full-time-equivalent positions.

With Rappleyea stepping down from his post in Beaverton, the City Council will be charged with the task of hiring a new leader for its legal team.