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O'Day new COG executive director

Thursday, June 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristine Thomas
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Sean E. O'Day is the new executive director of Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments or COG.
Sean E. O'Day is the new executive director for the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, a regionally based government entity providing planning, coordination, and technical assistance to local and tribal governments in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties since 1957. O'Day replaces Jennie Messmer, who retired in February. 
Polk County Commissioner and Council of Governments chairman Mike Ainsworth said O'Day will bring leadership and creativity to the council's programs and a deep sense of commitment to the region.  
"He has served in both state and local government, in legal, executive, and leadership positions, and has a breadth of perspective and experience that will serve the COG and its members well," Ainsworth said.
O'Day's resume includes nearly 20 years of executive, legal, and policy development experience in state and local government. He earned his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, graduating third in his class.  Out of law school, O'Day worked for the Oregon Supreme Court as a judicial law clerk to lifelong Salem resident and then Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr.  Following his clerkship, he was recruited to serve on the governor's staff as deputy legal counsel. He has worked for the city of Salem both in both legal and management roles.  He served as assistant city attorney and was promoted to deputy city attorney, where he advised on land use planning, and worked on regional transportation projects.  
Based on his accomplishments and leadership skills, O'Day was chosen to be the deputy city manager where among his duties he worked with SEDCOR and other local governments on the development of critical infrastructure and economic development initiatives. He most recently served as general counsel for the League of Oregon Cities.
"I am very honored to have been selected and to be joining a team of incredibly talented and committed professionals who are working hard to improve the quality of life in our part of the state," O'Day said. "I am passionate about serving tribal and local governments because of the direct impact their programs and services have in improving people's lives.  I am also excited to have the opportunity to work with SEDCOR and its members again as we collectively work to strengthen our region's economy in the recruitment and retention of traded-sector businesses."

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