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Board of County Commissioners seeks public feedback on Strategic Plan Update 2024-2028

Members of the public are invited to review refreshed language for Washington County’s vision, mission, principles, fundamental approaches and organizational goals.
Media release
Cover page of the draft Washington County Strategic Plan Update 2024-2028. The cover includes images of Washington County employees providing county services and members of the community in various settings. The cover also includes a link to

The Washington County Board of Commissioners is looking to the public for input about revisions to the county government’s 30-year-old strategic plan. A brief online questionnaire will be available until February 16 for community input on the updated 18-page draft document, including modernized language for the organization’s vision and mission statements, guiding principles, fundamental approaches and department-by-department goals.

County commissioners plan to review public input at their Work Session on February 20 and consider adopting the final version of the updated plan on February 27.

As described in the draft document’s introduction, “The intent of this document is to illuminate the current state and the path forward for Washington County government.”

Updated Vision and Mission Statements
The revised vision for the organization is expressed under the catch phrase of “One Washington County:”

“One Washington County is our unifying effort that produces a vision for a special community and mission-focused organization that can better serve the community now and in the years ahead.”

The draft mission for the organization is labeled as “Design the Future,” an organization-wide initiative already in action to identify and implement human-centered improvements to the delivery of county services over time:

“Washington County is a leading-edge, mission-focused organization that successfully serves the community now and in the years ahead. We are a human-centered organization that integrates equity into decision-making and supports the health, effectiveness, creativity and talents of our employees as public servants and the residents whom we serve.”

Broader Community Engagement Envisioned in 2028
The introduction to the draft goes on to explain why the proposed update to one of the county’s key guiding documents is limited to refinements to the organization’s current strategic direction.

“It is our hope that this document lives and provides foundational information and direction to the Washington County organization as we navigate our way forward together into 2028," the introduction states.

County officials are anticipating a more extensive strategic planning process and broader community engagement four years from now, once significant Design the Future projects reach their conclusion. These multi-year projects, already underway, include:

  • the replacement of the organization’s core financial and human resources planning tool, referred to as enterprise resource planning modernization;
  • an inventory of the county government’s approximately 350 lines of public service, many of which are mandated by state or federal law;
  • an organization-wide assessment of current and projected capital improvement needs across the categories of transportation, facilities and technology.

History of the County’s Strategic Plan
The original Washington County 2000 Strategic Plan was adopted in the late 1980s by the Board of County Commissioners. This plan identified service delivery roles, principles and priorities for the organization. The board adopted minor adjustments in the early 1990s, after a two-year review process and public hearings. The 1993-94 version was the last time the board officially changed the Strategic Plan. A brief effort to update the plan in 2005-2010 was not ultimately adopted by the board. More information about the current process is available at:

Washington County, Oregon, is supported by a budget of $1.7 billion and is staffed by 2,392 full-time equivalent employees serving a diverse and growing population of 610,101 on the western side of the Portland metropolitan area. More information about Washington County can be found at