Assistant County Administrator Appointments
For Immediate Release: Monday, November 15, 2021Ahmad Qayoumi withdraws application for assistant county administrator
Three assistant county administrators appointed as part of Design the Future initiative
Ahmad Qayoumi, one of the three intended assistant county administrator appointees, informed the county on November 19 that he has withdrawn his application for the position.
Washington County Administrator Tanya Ange announced today the appointment of three assistant county administrators to serve within a restructured County Administrative Office. A fourth recruitment will remain open until filled.
The appointments are part of the “Design the Future” initiative to build a more equitable, responsive and strategically collaborative Washington County organization. Design the Future would set the stage internally to better support the Board of County Commissioners as they lead a new community strategic planning process over the next two years.
The new appointments include:
Erin Calvert was appointed assistant county administrator to oversee Community Corrections, Juvenile Services and the Law Library, as well as liaison to the offices of the Sheriff, District Attorney and Courts. Calvert has been serving in an interim capacity as assistant county administrator since July and was a deputy county administrator for two years before that. Prior to joining the Administrative Office, Calvert served for 24 years as part of the Juvenile Services Department, most recently as a division manager. Calvert earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, planning and public policy management from the University of Oregon.
Marni Kuyl was appointed assistant county administrator with responsibility over departments such as Health and Human Services, Housing Services, Community Development and Assessment and Taxation. Kuyl has been the director of the Department of Health and Human Services since 2014. Prior to that, Kuyl held several leadership-level roles over an 11-year period with Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, Washington. She has also held clinical and public health positions in Montana and Arizona. Kuyl is a registered nurse and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Arizona State University.
Ahmad Qayoumi was appointed assistant county administrator overseeing the departments of Land Use and Transportation, Economic Development, Cooperative Library Services, Westside Commons (formerly the Fair Complex) and the Watermaster. Qayoumi has served as the public works director and county engineer for Clark County, Washington, since 2018. Prior to that, he was the division manager for regional rail with the City of San José, California. Qayoumi has also held leadership positions in public works, transportation and engineering with the city governments of Mason, Ohio; Pasco and Vancouver, Washington; and Sherwood, Oregon.
“I’m very pleased to welcome each of these individuals to their new leadership roles. It was a very challenging decision with several highly qualified candidates who participated in the rigorous recruitment process. I’m grateful to all who applied and to our community partners who assisted with selecting this talented group of dedicated public servants,” said County Administrator Tanya Ange.
“Design the Future is about making a more human-centered organization that integrates equity into decision-making and supports the health, effectiveness, creativity and talent of our employees. I’m confident that the leadership provided by Erin, Marni and Ahmad will be instrumental in creating an even stronger organization that better faces the challenges of growth and evolving community need,” added Ange.
Washington County has contracted with the Novak Consulting Group to conduct the recruitment process and a fourth position remains open until filled.
Washington County is a home-rule municipality operating under the council-manager form of government. The five non-partisan elected commissioners appoint a county administrator to serve as the chief executive of the organization. The chair of the board of commissioners is elected at-large while the four other commissioners are elected from districts. All commissioners are elected to serve four-year terms.
County services are made possible through a workforce of approximately 2,300 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. The county’s all-funds budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 is $1.4 billion, of which $333.9 million is in the general fund.
The county works cooperatively with more than a dozen cities that are wholly or partially within the county’s boundaries, five fire districts, plus Clean Water Services and other service districts to serve the county’s shared residential, business and institutional constituents.
Washington County’s 600,372 population, the second largest county in Oregon, is among the state’s most diverse, including the state’s largest county population of Latino/Latina/Latinx community members and the highest percentage of Asians and Pacific Islanders. The county is home to a thriving high-technology industry, sometimes referred to as the Silicon Forest, as well as world leaders in sports and recreational apparel and a long-established agricultural sector.
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