County Administrator

The County Administrator (CA) is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and is responsible to them for managing County operations. The CA has responsibility and authority to assure County functions are carried out efficiently and effectively:

  • Directs and manages department directors, internal business support functions, and assigned staff to assure alignment with Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) priorities; Responsible for all aspects of personnel management (in consultation with the BOC), such as hiring, establishing goals, performance evaluations, corrective actions, and dismissals;
  • Explores and evaluates strategic opportunities to improve organizational effectiveness;
  • Establishes standards and performance measures for county organizational improvement;
  • Facilitates interdepartmental collaboration, integration, and communication;
  • Oversees the development and administration of policies, procedures, programs, goals and
  • objectives;
  • Oversees labor negotiations;
  • Advises on and implements Board of Commissioners’ strategic planning, policy and program
  • priorities, and objectives.
  • Oversees implementation of County-wide strategic planning activities.

Interim County Administrator Suzanne Hoffman

Suzanne Hoffman joined Benton County as Health Director in October 2020, just seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic. She quickly built trust and credibility within the county and throughout the community. Through her leadership, Hoffman has made significant contributions to Benton County in the areas of Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Coordinated Homeless Response.

She is known for her integrity, open and forthright communication, and a focus on collaboration and teamwork.

Prior to joining Benton County, Hoffman served the State of Oregon for over 30 years, including as the Chief Operating Officer of the Oregon Health Authority, among other roles with OHA. The Benton County Board of Commissioners greatly appreciates Hoffman’s commitment to serve as Interim County Administrator until the new County Administrator is selected

Contact the County Administrator at or (541) 766-6370.