02
APR
2014

Letter to the Editor: Another term for board chair Andy Duyck

 

I strongly endorse the reelection of Andy Duyck as Chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Andy is a local product of Washington County, having lived here his entire life. He was educated in our local school system and is a graduate of Portland Community College. He is a farmer and entrepreneur who started his own high-tech Duyck Machine Shop in 1983 and he still owns it.

Chair Duyck was the District 4 representative on the Board of Commissioners for 16 years before being elected four years ago. During that period I found him to be a hard-working, informed, thoughtful board member who listened to all sides of an issue before casting his vote.

As Chair, I’ve found that he has continued those traits, as well as demonstrating leadership skills which have served the county well. During the recent economic downturn, Chair Duyck and the board were able to prudently manage the county’s finances so that the county was able to provide needed services and assure that the county was able to maintain a most reasonable reserve and have the county continue to be debt-free.

An issue of great concern to the county is water for residential, agricultural, commercial/industrial and Tualatin River uses. The county, as a leader of a consortium of water users, is most actively pursuing additional water sources to assure that this vital resource is available in the near and long term future.

The county board, with Andy as chair, is also the board of directors of the Clean Water Services, the agency that provides sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water quality facilities service to 542,000 residents of the county and nearby areas. CWS is a nationally recognized leader in its field and has been under the primary leadership of Chair Duyck.

I strongly urge reelection of Andy Duyck as board chair.

John Leeper

Former County Commissioner

Southwest Portland

Printed in The Hillsboro Argus on April 2, 2014.