Multnomah County, Oregon

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General Information

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
Population: 666,350
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
E-Mail: countyinfo@co.multmonah.or.us
Web: www.co.multnomah.or.us - Official website

Elected County Officials

Commissioners

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PositionNameFirst electedStatus
County ChairDiane Linn2003Elected
Commisioner District 1Maria Rojo Desteffey2001Re-elected 2004
Commisioner District 2Serena Cruz1998Re-elected 2002
Commisioner District 3Lisa Naito2003Re-elected 2004
Commisioner District 4Lonnie J. Roberts2003Re-elected 2004

Other elected offices

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PositionNameFirst electedStatus
Dist. AttorneyMichael D. Schrunk2003Elected
AuditorSuzanne Flynn2001Re-elected 2004
SheriffBernie Giusto1998Re-elected 2002

Incorporated Cities

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