Board of Commissioners


Hood River County Board of Commissioners

Meeting Date/Time

  • 1st Monday of each month - 4 pm work session
  • 3rd Monday of each month - 4 pm work session (generally) with a  6 pm regular meeting

If the 3rd Monday is a holiday, the meeting will be held on Tuesday of the same week.  All meetings are open to the public. 

Times are subject to change, if you plan to attend a meeting, please call the Administration office at the number below to verify the start time.

Unless otherwise noted all meetings are held at 601 State Street in Hood River.

Contact Information:
Phone 541-386-3970

Fax: 541-386-9392



Commissioner Districts Map



Ron Rivers, Chair
Phone: 541-308-6326
Term : January 2017-December 2018
Ron and his wife are long-time residents of Hood River Valley. They have two children that graduated from Oregon universities. Ron graduated from OCE(WOC) in 1968 with a BS in education. He served as a Medical Operations Officer in the Oregon National Guard. He and his family have been dedicated in making the pear industry more viable since 1970. Ron has been very active in the agricultural industry.  He is currently serving as a Board of Director for various industry commissions. Ron has been deeply involved in the community in the past. He sees this opportunity to serve the residents of the community as a chance to give something back to the County.

Karen Joplin- Commissioner, District #1
Phone: 541-308-5526
Term: January 2015-December 2018

 Karen has lived in Hood River since 1975.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Karen and her husband, Todd Clay, have two children and have owned and operated Gorge Electric, Inc. since 1999 and more recently Gorge Audio Video, Inc.  She has numerous years of experience in social service working with children and families as well as serving on the Board of Directors for a community action development council. 

Karen has a strong interest in the development of effective public policy and the wise use of public resources. She is committed to the success and vitality of Hood River County and welcomes the opportunity to play a role in the stewardship of its future.



Rich McBride, Commissioner District 2
Phone: 541-490-6567
Term:  January 2017 - December 2020

Bob Benton, Commissioner District 3
Phone: 541-490-8275
Term: January 2015-December 2018

Les Perkins, Commissioner District 4
Phone: 541-490-4062
Term: January 2017 - December 2020

Les grew up in the Hood River Valley and graduate from Hood River Valley High School.  He earned a BS in biology from Lewis and Clark College. Les has owned his own business, worked for a local laboratory as a microbiologist, work for Farmers Conservation Alliance, a local non-profit organization focusing on energy and water issues and is now the Manager for Farmers Irrigation.

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