Contact Us

Jim McCauley, Legislative Director

Oversight of League's legislative program 

Advocacy issue area: transportation
jmccauley@orcities.org
503-540-6593

 

Ariel Nelson, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue areas: land use, housing, eminent domain
anelson@orcities.org
 

Mark Gharst, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue areas: finance and taxation, economic development
mgharst@orcities.org
503-540-6574

Jenna Jones, Legislative Analyst

Legislative research, monitoring and tracking; correspondence and reports

Advocacy issue areas: telecom, broadband and cable
jjones@orcities.org
503-540-6608

Tracy Rutten, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue area: water, wastewater, environment and natural resources, energy, public contracting
trutten@orcities.org
503-540-6576

Scott Winkels, Lobbyist

Advocacy issue areas: ethics, public safety, community corrections, courts, personnel, PERS, collective bargaining
swinkels@orcities.org
503-540-6568

Full Portfolio Area Index

*If more than one staffer is listed, the staff member with primary responsibility to inquiries is indicated by an asterisk

9‐1‐1

Jones

Air Quality

Rutten

Airports

McCauley

Animal Regulations

Winkels

Annexation

Nelson

Ballot Measures

Winkels

Business Licenses

Winkels

Building Codes/Permits/Inspection

Nelson

Cable TV

Jones

Downtown Development

Nelson

Drug Enforcement

Winkels

Earthquakes/Geologic Hazards

McCauley

Economic Development

Gharst

Elections

Winkels

Electric Restructuring

Rutten

Emergency Management

Winkels

Eminent Domain/Condemnation

Nelson

Employee Wellness

CIS

HR ‐ Personnel/PERS – Legislation & Committee

Winkels

Collective Bargaining/Unions

*Winkels, LGPI

Labor Relations

Winkels

Prevailing Wage

Rutten

Quality‐Based Selection (QBS)

Rutten

Endangered Species Act

Rutten

Energy

Rutten

Enterprise Zones

Gharst

Environment

Rutten

Ethics

*Winkels, Mulvihill

Federal Legislation

McCauley

Finance, Municipal

Gharst

Fish and Wildlife

Rutten

Floods

Nelson

Franchise Fees, Agreements

Jones

Gas Tax, Local

McCauley

Hazardous Substances

Rutten

Historic Preservation/Main Street Revitalization

Nelson

Homeless

Winkels

Housing

Nelson

Human Resources

Winkels

Human Service Programs

Nelson

Incorporation of Cities

Mulvihill

Infrastructure

Rutten (Water), McCauley (Transp.)

Infrastructure Finance

Gharst

Initiative & Referendum

Winkels

Insurance (employee benefits, liability, property/casualty)

CIS

Legislative/Intergovernmental Relations

McCauley

Land Use / Development

Nelson

Libraries

Winkels

Liquor Control

Winkels

Local Improvement Districts

*Nelson, Gharst

Natural Disasters

Winkels

Natural Resources

Rutten

Parking

McCauley

Parks & Recreation, Open Space

Nelson

Payday Loans

Winkels

Population Data

*Nelson, Gharst

Property Taxes

Gharst

Public Contracting, Purchasing

Rutten

Public Records

*Mulvihill, Winkels

Public Rights of Way

Jones

Public Safety (fire, police, courts, corrections, juveniles)

Winkels

Public Utilities Commission

Rutten

Public Works

McCauley

Railroads

McCauley

Recall of Elected Officials

Winkels

Revenue

Gharst

Smoking/Tobacco

Winkels

Solid Waste

Rutten

State Shared Revenues (9-1-1, Liquor, Marijuana, Cigarette, and Highway)

Gharst

Streets/Transportation Infrastructure

McCauley

Systems Development Charges (SDCs)

*Nelson, Gharst

Taxation

Gharst

Telecommunications

Jones

Transient Lodging Tax

Gharst

Traffic Safety, Regulations

McCauley

Transportation

McCauley

Urban Growth Boundary

Nelson

Urban Renewal

Gharst

Water, Wastewater and Storm water

Rutten

Wetland

Nelson

Workers’ Compensation

*Winkels, CIS