County government — Commissioner and former state representative says she will look to explore new opportunities, projects in the future

After 15 years, Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne announced Aug. 28 she will not seek a fifth term re-election.

Milne said she intends to fulfill the remainder of her term through January 2015 with the same work ethic.

As Marion County Com­mis­sioner, Milne’s constituents in­cluded St. Paul, Wood­burn, Hub­bard, Keizer and Salem, among others.

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of Marion County and I am forever grateful for the trust Marion County voters have placed in me and the support people have given me to carry out the campaign promises I made when I first was elected in 1998,” she said.Patti Milne

Milne said she has spent her time in office focusing on fiscal responsibility and accountability within the county government. This included creating a rainy day fund, building and reserving contingency funds, establishing an Economic Devel­op­ment Advisory Board and implementing health savings accounts for county employees.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made in Marion County. Instituting positive changes, being fiscally responsible with your hard earned tax dollars, treating citizens and employees with dignity and respect, implementing cost effective practices, improving customer service, building relationships with other government entities, civic groups and the business community, have all resulted in improved services and programs for the people of Marion County,” Milne said.

She said she has also worked toward reducing meth labs and gang activity, especially through the “Striking Out Meth in Marion County” event, now in its’ ninth year.

Milne said her leaving the board is not a step toward retirement for her, she could easily fulfill another term.

“However, after 26 years as an elected official, when this term is over, it will be time for me to move to the next phase of my life and let someone else step into this position,” she said. “I am ready to explore new opportunities and projects that will allow me to concentrate my time, energy and talents where I can be the most effective on issues dear to me such as veterans; issues important to our community such as public safety and health care; and issues that are critical to protecting our representative form of government, our constitution and our freedoms.”

Milne was first elected to public office in 1988, serving a four-year term on the Woodburn School Board. She then served as a state representative from 1993 to 1998.

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