Annabelle Jaramillo, Commissioner

Annabelle Jaramillo, Benton County Commissioner, Vice Chair

Annabelle Jaramillo was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2000.

Previously, Jaramillo served as Governor John Kitzhaber's Citizens' Representative from 1995 - 2000. She has also served as Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, worked as a research botanist for the Forest Service, director of Computer Education for Harakai Systems, Inc., and development officer for the Center against Rape & Domestic Violence.

Jaramillo's leadership and commitment have brought her national recognition from government, private industry, and community groups.

An advocate for human rights, Hispanic and other minorities nationwide, Jaramillo served as president of National Image, Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization. She served on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Governor Atiyeh's Education Mission and as president of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus. She also served on the Oregon Progress Board, the Oregon Sustainability Board and the Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee to the Department of Forestry.

She currently serves on the Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee; the Association of Oregon Counties Board, Legislative Committee and Public Lands and Natural Resources Committee; the Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties; and the National Association of Counties Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee. Additionally, she has served on the Siuslaw National Forest and United States Bureau of Land Management Salem District Resource Advisory Committees and the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability.

Her community involvement (past and present) includes the Marys Peak Natural Resources Interpretive Center, United Way, the Prosperity that Fits Steering Committee for the Economic Vitality Partnership, the Oregon Affiliate and National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Children First for Oregon.

Jaramillo is an avid advocate for the conservation of natural resources and wildlife. As the author of Benton County's sustainability policy, Jaramillo wants Benton County to lead in ensuring environmental protection while meeting social needs and maintaining economic prosperity.

Jaramillo has Bachelor's and Master's degrees of Science from Portland State University and has authored numerous scientific papers in refereed journals. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

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In early December 2017, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution (3-0) that affirms the county’s commitment to addressing climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emission and developing a climate action plan.

The Board joins Oregon State Government, nine local governments, thirteen colleges and universities, and more than 50 organizations and private businesses within Oregon by signing the “We Are Still In” pledge to institute and implement the intent of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

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The 2040 Thriving Communities Initiative—a community-driven effort led by local leaders—culminated more than a year of extensive public outreach and engagement by finalizing the community’s Core Values in early February 2018.

They are as follows:

At the regular Dec. 6, 2016 board meeting, the Benton County commissioners declared Benton County a “sanctuary county” and formally adopted the written declaration at today's Dec. 20, 2016 board meeting.

Following the November general election, an increasing number of higher education institutions and municipalities declared sanctuary status to support undocumented individuals and their families because President-elect Trump pledged mass deportations of undocumented immigrants during his campaign.

A portion of Benton County’s declaration reads:

Benton County elected officials were sworn in by officiating Judge David Connell this morning in Courtroom 2 at the Benton County Courthouse, 120 NW Fourth St., in Corvallis.