Jonathan Schlueter will lead Washington Countys government relations department

Washington County has tapped Jonathan Schlueter, executive director of the Westside Economic Alliance, as its new government relations manager.

In his new role, Schlueter will lead the county's lobbying efforts. He leaves the Westside Economic Alliance at the end of the month and begins his new Washington County job on Sept. 4.

"Jonathan is well known and highly regarded within the public, non-profit and private sectors of Washington County," said Robert Davis, county administrator. "He has significant experience and knowledge about the challenges facing our community and the collaborative approach we have taken to address them. We look forward to having Jonathan as a part of our team."

During his eight-year tenure at the Alliance, Schlueter has worked closely with Washington County leaders to promote economic development and investment in transportation projects in Washington and Clackamas Counties and throughout the state.

"I know who these people are and the important work that they're doing so that's very exciting to me, this is a position that I actively sought," Schlueter said.

Schlueter, 56, moved to Oregon 38 years ago to attend Pacific University, where he studied political science and speech communications.

"Life began when I came to Pacific," Schlueter said. "I call myself a born-again Oregonian."

In 1979, Schlueter began his work in politics, working for state Sen. Tom Hartung, a Cedar Mill Republican. He then moved on government relations positions advocating for food processors and later the grain and feed industry.

During his tenure at the Westside Economic Alliance, Schlueter and his organization have been at the heart of regional and statewide conversations about the future of transportation funding and taxation. Schlueter also pushed for additional industrial lands to be brought into the urban growth boundary.

In 2009, the Westside Economic Alliance forcefully argued for a $350 million transportation package, the fruits of which can be seen today in the redevelopment of the Glencoe Road ramp from the Sunset Highway.

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