Board of Commissioners

Richard L. "Rick" Olson - 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 Yamhill County and the State of Oregon through his role as a Commissioner and member of several local and state and business organizations and partners.  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 and the decision-making process through open communications, transparency, public meetings, and citizen participation.  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 Commissioners, Elected Officials, and Management staff to work together to function transparently with citizens in Yamhill County.
 
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 four grandchildren.  He is a strong advocate and 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, McMinnville Lions Club, Walnut City Kiwanis, and BPOE (Elks) Lodge 1283.
 
In addition to Rick’s assigned Yamhill County liaison responsibilities, Rick serves on various state and regional organizations such as the Associated Oregon Counties (AOC) as a member of the Board of Directors, Legislative, Membership, and Transportation & Economic Development Committees, the National Association of Counties (NACO) Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, Resilient Counties Advisory Board, and Technology standing committee, the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) Board of Directors, the Willamette Work Force Partnership Board of Directors and the Willamette Workforce Partnership Jobs Council Board of Directors, The Oregon and California (O&C) timber counties Board of Directors and various other state and regional organizations who’s functions have a direct impact on the operations of Yamhill County on the local, regional, state, and national levels.  
 


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Mary Starrett - Vice-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 - Chair, 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 Health & Human Services, Emergency Management, and Veterans.

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Casey Kulla - Commissioner
Casey Kulla - Commissioner

Casey began serving his first term as County Commissioner in January 2019.

Since 2006 Casey and his wife Katie have operated an organic, vegetable and tree fruit farm Oakhill Organics, on Grand Island.  They also have operated Walnut Rise since 2016, an OLCC-licensed cannabis farm   Over the course of his life Casey has worked as a ditch digger, lifeguard, cook, construction worker, bike mechanic and plumber.  Casey is a fifth generation Oregonian and grew up in Lincoln City.  He graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Forest Ecology.  Casey and Katie have two children.

Casey is committed to proactive communication with people in Yamhill County.  He believes that his experience as a scientist, farmer and rural county resident will benefit the citizens of Yamhill County. 

Casey serves as liaison to various county departments and committees, including  the County Clerk's office, and Planning and Public Works. 

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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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