Commissioner Bill Hall
Bill Hall was elected as a County Commissioner in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. He was born September 27, 1959 in Portland, Oregon and attended public school there, graduating from John Adams High School in 1977. Mr. Hall completed his undergraduate work at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, earning a B.A. in Communications in 1981.
From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Hall was on the staff of KBPS, a public radio station owned and operated by the Portland Schools. He produced and anchored public affairs and educational programming. In 1985-86 he was enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, earning a M.S. in Journalism. Mr. Hall moved to Lincoln County at the beginning of 1987. From 1987 to 1990, he was a reporter and editor at the Newport News-Times. From 1990-91, he was news director of KZUS radio, Toledo; from 1991 to 2004, he was news director of the five radio stations owned by Yaquina Bay Communications.
As a commissioner, Mr. Hall represents the county on several local, regional and state organizations. He served on the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Programs and was its final chair. He was co-chair of the Oregon Ending Homelessness Advisory Council. He has been a member of the Oregon Association of Counties’ Human Services Steering Committee for the past decade and chaired that committee for four years. He is Lincoln County’s representative to the executive committee of the Community Services Consortium, the Community Action Agency serving Lincoln County; he is the county’s representative on the board of the Cascades West Council of Governments and currently chairs that board. He is the county commission liaison to the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.
His previous committee roles included ODOT’s Public Transit Advisory Committee, the regional Workforce Investment Board and county liaison to the Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families and the Central Oregon Coast Association.
In 2008, Mr. Hall’s local, state and national leadership on homeless issues was honored with the “Home for Every American Award” presented by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at a conference in Washington. D.C. He was one of two county officials to receive the award. In 2009, he received the “Award for Excellence” from the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs for his advocacy for mental health, addictions and developmental disabilities programs in the state. Also in 2009, he received the annual Certificate of Appreciation from the Coastal Progressives, a member group of the Rural Organizing Project.
In 2006, Mr. Hall graduated from the County College program sponsored by the Oregon Association of Counties and the Oregon State University Extension Service. In 2007, he completed the Ford Family Foundation’s Leadership Program (Waldport-Yachats class). He is currently enrolled in the Oregon County Leadership Institute, co-sponsored by AOC and the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.
Mr. Hall has been active in a variety of community affairs. He has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations. His current board memberships include the Inter-community Health Networks Coordinated Care Organization; Neighborhood Partnerships, a statewide organization addressing poverty, homelessness and housing issues; the Lincoln Community Land Trust board, which he chairs; Firebare, Inc., the parent organization for KYAQ community radio; PAADA, the Partnership Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse; and the Samaritan House Family Homeless Shelter. He is a member of the North Coast Leadership Council for the Oregon Community Foundation, the state’s largest private foundation. His previous board memberships included the My Sisters' Place domestic violence shelter, the Lincoln County Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Thugz off Drugz recovery housing. Mr. Hall is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Newport, serving on the Session (board of elders) from 1990-93 and again from 2004 to 2008. He was a member of the Toledo Rotary club from 2005 to 2008.
Mr. Hall, his wife, and their two children (one grown and one still at home) live in Newport.
Updated March 2014