Multnomah County, Oregon
Lewis and Clark made note of the Indian village of Multnomah on Sauvie Island in 1805, and applied that name to all local Indians. The name is derived from nematlnomaq, probably meaning "downriver." Multnomah County was created from parts of Washington and Clackamas Counties by the Territorial Legislature in 1854, five years before Oregon became a state, because citizens found it inconvenient to travel to Hillsboro to conduct county business.
The county is both the smallest in size and largest in population in Oregon. Over 50 percent of its people live in Portland, a busy metropolis dominated by rivers and greenery. The remaining area includes picturesque rural land, from pastoral farms on Sauvie Island to the rugged Columbia River Gorge and the western slopes of Mt. Hood.
Established: Dec. 22, 1854
Area: 465 sq. mi.
Economy: Manufacturing, transportation, wholesale and retail trade and tourism.
County Seat: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland 97214
Phone: (503) 823-4000
Web: www.co.multnomah.or.us - Official website
Elected County Officials
|County Chair||Diane Linn||2003||Elected|
|Commisioner District 1||Maria Rojo Desteffey||2001||Re-elected 2004|
|Commisioner District 2||Serena Cruz||1998||Re-elected 2002|
|Commisioner District 3||Lisa Naito||2003||Re-elected 2004|
|Commisioner District 4||Lonnie J. Roberts||2003||Re-elected 2004|
Other elected offices
|Dist. Attorney||Michael D. Schrunk||2003||Elected|
|Auditor||Suzanne Flynn||2001||Re-elected 2004|
|Sheriff||Bernie Giusto||1998||Re-elected 2002|