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Commissioner Ken Kestner


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Lake County Commissioner Ken Kestner took office on January 2, 2007. Commissioner Kestner is currently in his third 4-year term which expires December 31, 2018.

Commissioner Kestner was raised as one of six kids on a family farm near the rural community of Almyra, Arkansas and attended high school in DeWitt, AR.  

Commissioner Kestner’s background includes:  BS degree in Biology with accompanying graduate studies;  enlistment in the United States Marine Corps with one combat tour in Viet Nam;  one tour with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, Central America;  twenty-one years with the USDA-Forest Service;  six years with the USDI-Bureau of Land Management;  one & half years on Lakeview Suburban Water District Board of Directors;  seven years on Lake Health District Hospital Board of Directors. 

Currently Commissioner Kestner serves on the Lake County Fair Board, the Lake County Development Board (non-profit devoted to economic development), the Goose Lake Medical Services Board (non-profit devoted to enhancing peripheral services of local hospital), Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Board, South -Central Oregon Early Learning Hub Board, Lake County Early Learning Governance Council, AOC Communication Policy Steering Committee Vice Chair, Rotary and is active in the local Layne Clifton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4070.  

Commissioner Kestner’s emphasis as commissioner is first & foremost guarding and thereafter promoting the interests of Lake County.  Personal interests include: vegetable gardening, camping, riding his Harley-Davidson, and sight-seeing road trips with his wife Mary.

2017 Liaison Responsibilities

Assessor                                                             Board of Property Tax Appeals
Community Corrections                                 Community Development Loans             
District Attorney                                              Economic Development
                                                                                  - Enterprise Zone
Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (Board Member)
Lakeview Community Partnership Board     Oregon Early Learning Council
Public Health                                                       Security/Safety/Facility Committee 
Sheriff/Jail                                                           Telecommunications
Veterans Service Officer                                           -  NACo Telecommunications Steering Committee                   
Weed Advisory Committee

Shared Board Responsibilities:

Area Commission on Transportation                                               County Lands (incl. Parks/Marine)
County Road Advisory                                                                         Extension Services - OSU
National Schools & Counties Coalition                                             Railroad
South Central Oregon Economic Development District