Commissioner Bill Hall

Commissioner Bill Hall

Position: Commissioner

Bill Hall was elected as a County Commissioner in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. 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. He received his M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1986.

His professional experience prior to his election as a commissioner includes staff positions at KBPS public radio in Portland; the Newport News-Times; KZUS radio, Toledo; and Yaquina Bay Communications, Newport.

As a commissioner, Mr. Hall represents the county on several local, regional and state organizations. He was president of the Association of Oregon Counties in 2016-17 and remains on the organization’s executive committee as immediate past president. He has been a member of that association’s Human Services Steering Committee for the past decade and chaired that committee for four years. He also serves on AOC’s Veterans Services Committee, the National Association of Counties' Military and Veterans Committee, and NACO's Health Policy Committee.

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 co-chairs the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Early Learning HUB and is a member of the board of the IHN-CCO, the Coordinated Care organization for the three-county region. He is a member of the executive committee of the Community Services Consortium, the regional Community Action Agency; he is the county’s representative on the board of the Cascades West Council of Governments and is currently the treasurer of 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). In 2014, he was part of the first graduating class of the in the Oregon County Leadership Institute, co-sponsored by AOC and the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, and in 2016, he completed NACO's leadership training.

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; Neighborhood Partnerships, a statewide organization addressing poverty, homelessness and housing issues; the Lincoln Community Land Trust board, which he chairs; 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.

Mr. Hall lives in Newport.

Updated November 2017.