Board of Commissioners

Mary Starrett - Chair
Mary Starrett - Chair

Mary was elected to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners in May 2014 and re-elected to a second term in May, 2018.

Prior to that, Mary spent 25 years in broadcasting as a news anchor, investigative reporter, medical reporter, and talk show host at network affiliate TV stations on the east and west coasts, including 17 years at Portland’s KATU TV.  She also worked as a political talk show host at KPDQ radio in Portland, taught at Mount Hood Community College, and wrote an Oregon state senator’s legislative newsletter.  She has worked in public relations, marketing, and media consulting, in addition to being a small business owner.

Mary has lived in Oregon since 1980. She and her husband Ron have lived on Parrett Mountain in Newberg since 1994. Mary has a grown daughter and two grandchildren.  A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mary graduated with a BS cum laude from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.  She received certification as an Emergency Medical Technician II in three states.

Mary serves on  a number of boards including YCAP, Northwest Senior and Disability Services, Yamhill County Board of Health, Chehalem Youth and Family Services, Christian Family Adoptions, and is a Newberg foster child mentor. Mary is committed to safeguarding the rights of the residents of Yamhill County and ensuring good stewardship of the taxpayers’ resources.

Mary serves as liaison to various county departments and committees, including County Administration, County Counsel, Investment Committee, Health & Human Services and Emergency Management.

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Richard L. "Rick" Olson - Vice-Chair
Rick Olson - Commissioner

Rick began his first term as Commissioner in January 2017 after serving in many public, non-profit, and private capacities.  Rick was a small business owner and retired from Oregon Mutual Insurance in 2012.  Rick’s experience in the business sector gives him the insight of the operations of private businesses and the need for excellent public/private partnerships. Rick’s true love is serving the citizens of McMinnville, Yamhill County, and the State of Oregon.  His belief is that elected officials serve the needs of their constituents and those constituents should be heard and play a major role in government.  This belief is deeply integrated into his thought process and decision making.  Rick is a strong believer that despite individual views and beliefs it is essential for all individuals to work together to reach consensus in order for government to function transparently for all citizens.
 

Rick served the City of McMinnville for 36 years both in elected and appointed positions and the last eight years has served as McMinnville’s Mayor.  As mayor, Rick also served as Ex-Officio Board Chairman of McMinnville Water and Light, the Board of Directors of the Oregon Mayor’s Association, the Board of Directors of the League of Oregon Cities, the Board of Directors and past president of the Greater McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, the Yamhill County Parkway Committee and on multiple legislative policy committees within the League of Oregon Cities.  Rick was instrumental in the formation of McMinnville Community Television Station (MCM), McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) and McMinnville’s Destination Marketing Organization (Visit McMinnville).

 

Rick has lived in McMinnville since 1957 and is married to his wife Candy.  They have five grown children and three grandchildren.  He is a backer of McMinnville High School and Linfield College Athletics and can often be seen watching both Linfield and McMinnville High School athletic events.  Rick is a member of the American Legion Post 21, Walnut City Kiwanis Club, and BPOE 1283.

Rick serves as liaison to various county departments and committees, including the Assessor's Office, the Clerk's Office, Treasurer's Office, Community Justice, the District Attorney's Office, the Sheriff's Office, and Planning.

 



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Stan Primozich - Commissioner

Stan Primozich - Vice-Chair

Stan began serving his first term as County Commissioner in January 2015.

Stan brings with him corporate and small business perspectives as well as a strong financial background.  As Stan has been a small business owner for 7 years and an independent financial professional for over 30 years.  Prior to that he spent 10 years working in district management with the JC Penney Company.  He takes seriously the responsibility of managing other people’s money and pledges to conduct the business of Yamhill County in a fiscally sound manner.

Stan has lived in McMinnville since 1984 and has been deeply involved volunteering in different organizations throughout the county.  He currently serves on the McMinnville School Board and also represents both Yamhill and Polk Counties on the Oregon School Board Association Board.  Stan was one of the founders of the McMinnville Athletic Club and the McMinnville Wine and Food Classic (SIP).  He has also served on the Board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and is currently on the Administrative Council for St. James Church.  Stan believes that the involvement of individuals is essential to making our county a great place to live, work, and raise families.  He is convinced that many wonderful outcomes are the direct result of individuals and small groups coming together to solve local problems and enhance a community’s quality of life.

Stan and his wife Janice have 7 grown children between the two of them.  Their extended large and loving family also includes three goddaughters and 14 grandchildren.

Stan serves as liaison to various county departments and committees, including Economic Development, Public Works, Fair Board, and Transportation.

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You may contact the commissioners by phone at (503)434-7501, by individual email, or by mail:

Yamhill County Commissioners' Office
535 NE 5TH St.
McMinnville, OR 97128

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