Former Senior Assistant County Counsel Brad Anderson has been chosen to serve as county counsel for Washington County, following the retirement of Tom Carr on September 1. During the nationwide search that resulted in Carr’s appointment in 2021, Anderson was a top finalist. Based on his ranking in the previous search, along with his extensive legal expertise and 17-year tenure with the organization, the Board of County Commissioners agreed unanimously to the appointment.
“Our board is grateful for Brad’s wealth of experience and knowledge, not only as an attorney but also as an executive leader in local government. We are thrilled that he has agreed to accept this new role and continue his service to the community,” said Board Chair Kathryn Harrington.
Anderson joined Washington County in 2006. Prior to that, he served as civil deputy district attorney for Linn County for eight years and county counsel for Baker County for nearly three years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University and received his Juris Doctorate degree from University of Oregon School of Law. He has served on the Oregon State Bar’s Government Law Section Executive Committee since 2019 and the Oregon County Counsel Association Executive Committee since 2020.
“I’m excited for this new opportunity to contribute alongside a wonderful and dedicated team,” said Anderson. “It is an honor to serve the community, in partnership with so many talented people across the county organization.”
The Office of County Counsel provides legal advice to the Washington County government and affiliated agencies. The office represents the Board of County Commissioners, County Administrative Office, all county departments, including the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Housing Authority, Fair Board, Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District, Urban Road Maintenance District, Service District for Lighting and Cooperative Library Services. The office is supported by an annual budget of $4.4 million and is staffed by 16 full-time-equivalent positions.