FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sept. 03, 2020
Jeff Akin Announces Bid for Oregon City City Commission Position No. 3
Akin offers stellar and significant experience in government, people management, budgets, communication and IT for city leadership role.
OREGON CITY, Ore. – Jeff Akin, a state administrator, advocate, and coalition-builder, proudly announced his candidacy today for Position Number 3 on the Oregon City City Commission.
“Oregon City is a place where families can raise their kids, know their neighbors and live in relative harmony, but these uncertain times call for determined, dynamic and compassionate leadership to safeguard and strengthen the community we all love,” said Akin, an administrator with the State of Oregon Dept. of Human Services (ODHS) since 2005.
“As a city commissioner, I will combine my passion for inclusivity and transformational leadership with fiscal responsibility and advocacy for streamlined, effective government,” he added.
At ODHS, Akin manages a team of 160 people and controls a $30 million biennial budget as an administrator of Imaging & Records Management Services and the Background Check Unit. In this role, he increased operational efficiencies and reduced operating costs by 17 percent in a 2-year period. Knowledgeable of legislative process, he regularly reports to state budget committees and works with individual lawmakers to draft and garner support for meaningful reforms.
Akin is deeply committed to improving the lives of all Oregonians, including the most vulnerable among us. From 2012-2014 he served on the Oregon Elder Abuse Prevention Workgroup under the leadership of late Rep. Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton, and former House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, now Oregon’s Labor Commissioner. The workgroup drafted and helped pass bipartisan legislation to improve the safety and quality of life of people living in long-term care.
Today, Akin regularly supports a workplace inclusion program called “Amplify!”. Started by Portland-based Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Amplify! connects area employers to individuals with disabilities who are ready and eager for meaningful work.
“My lifelong experience as a team builder who empowers individuals and sustains a positive culture, plus my education in diversity and inclusion, has prepared me for public service as a city commissioner for this great city,” said Akin. “I listen actively, think critically, focus on equity, and always remain calm to solve problems and provide direction and comfort to the people in my care.”
Aside from his strong management background and legislative experience, Akin is an effective communicator and public speaker. He’s reveled in his work as a public relations professional and on-air personality for sports entertainment television.
He’s even an IT enthusiast, creating storyteller videos that deconstruct complex technology processes and participating in his agency’s IT governance committees.
Perhaps most important, Akin is a husband and a father. He and his family love Oregon City for its people, its services, its businesses and its schools. Akin is excited to give back by making a positive and lasting impact on the community as a city commissioner for Oregon City in Position No. 3.
For more information about Jeff Akin and his thoughts on mindful, effective governance, please visit https://www.akin4change.com.
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