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Lisa Takach appointed Chief Human Resources Officer

Takach will begin her new executive leadership role with the County on October 16, following a nationwide competitive search.
Media release

County Administrator Tanya Ange has appointed Lisa Takach to serve as chief human resources officer for Washington County. Takach will join the county organization on October 16 after serving as the director of human resources for the City of Vancouver Washington since 2018.

Takach has over 10 years of operational and leadership experience in the fields of human resources and risk management. In addition to her work for the City of Vancouver, which included additional responsibilities as their risk and safety manager for two years, she also served as property and liability program manager for the Port of Portland and risk manager and safety officer for the City of Key West, Florida. Prior to her public service she spent 16 years as an attorney, 12 of which were in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio. Takach earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in pre-law from Kent State University. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.

“Lisa’s extensive experience in all facets of human resources and risk management, along with her proven ability to manage organizational change and foster an inclusive work environment, made her the top choice for this critical leadership role,” said Ange. “I’m excited to welcome her to the team as we continue our efforts to create a leading-edge organization that supports our dedicated and evolving workforce.”

“I am thrilled to bring my leadership and dedication to Washington County as its next chief human resources officer,” said Takach. “I recognize that people are the heart of an organization and must be supported and equipped to deliver equitable results to the community. I aim to contribute innovative strategies in the human resources arena to achieve outstanding outcomes.”

Lisa Takach was chosen after a nationwide recruitment and competitive selection process which included countywide stakeholder engagement conducted by Wahl & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm with an equity focus, offering services to assist organizations involved in social justice and positive community change in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States.

The Washington County Human Resources Department is devoted to attracting, developing, supporting and empowering employees who provide essential services for our community. Human Resources’ mission is to create and sustain an inclusive culture of belonging by fostering employee engagement and prioritizing workplace development through equitable practices. For more information about the department’s functions and services, including current job opportunities with Washington County, please visit