John E Sarna
Occupational Background: Senior and Associate Civil Engineer with the California Department of Water Resources and State Water Resources Control Board (1985-2011); Systems Engineer with Motorola (1979-83); and Combat Infantryman with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam (1969-70)
Educational Background: Doctor of Environmental Science and Engineering (UCLA, 1990), MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Massachusetts, 1979), BS (University of Illinois, 1974); currently taking classes at LBCC and OSU
Prior Governmental Experience: Benton County Environmental Issues Advisory Committee and what’s listed under Occupational Background
Volunteer Experience: Republic Service’s Master Recycler Program, Philomath Lyons Club, Mary’s River Grange, former Sierra Club Outings Leader and Conservation Chair, and Sheriff’s Community Emergency Response Team.
Endorsements: Mike Nearman, State Representative, Dist. 23, Shelly Boshart Davis, State Representative, House District 15; Senator Betsy L. Close, Oregon District 8, Benton County Republican Central Committee, and Dale L. Collins, past Mayor, Philomath.
Family: My wife, April, is a veterinarian and our four children attended schools here. We love it here like nowhere else.
Relevant Skills: community outreach, supervision of professionals, public agency budget management, and multiparty negotiations
As your Commissioner, I would:
Promote public discussion of divisive issues, take the time necessary to consider all viewpoints and obtain feedback before making decisions based on healthy, cohesive, working relationships across party lines.
Support law enforcement in enforcing the rule-of-law fully and uniformly. Crime prevention with compassion is the basis of civilized society.The sheriff and police should be respected and fully funded.
Prioritize disaster planning and relief, whether it’s fire, flood, drought, rioting, or a pandemic.We must be better prepared for the next challenge, addressing it effectively while preserving our economy and educating our youth.
Full disclosure and open doors to all public sector decisions, especially those involving expenditures.