Deschutes County Commissioner Alan Unger took office in January 2009; his current term expires in January 2017.
Democrat, Commissioner at large
Phone: (541) 388-6569
Alan graduated from Redmond schools and attended the University of Portland where he earned a BS degree in General Science. He was not sure what path he wanted to take so he worked for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department as a corrections officer in Rocky Butte Jail for a couple of years. He returned to Redmond and started a contracting business specializing in remodeling for 25 years. Alan and a partner owned Redmond-based Central Oregon Paint Supply for approximately 15 years. In 2001, he was hired by Central Oregon Partnership as the Redmond advocate addressing the nine root causes of poverty.
In 1993, Alan was appointed to the Redmond Area Planning Commission and continued until 2000 when he campaigned for Redmond City Council and was elected. In November of that year, he replaced Ed Fitch as Mayor and continued to be re-elected until 2008 when he ran for Deschutes County Commissioner and won the election.
In 1980, he met wife Beverly Anderson at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The two married in 1983, raised two boys, Robert, 26; and Alex, 24. Beverly has a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology and has worked in the laboratory at St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for 28 years.
Alan has been your commissioner for two years and really enjoys the job. Managing a well run county government that is known for leading the state in new initiatives is exciting. Alan's areas of interest are: collaborative forest landscape restoration project on the east slope of the three sisters; forming the Deschutes Water Alliance to develop a Deschutes Basin Plan that address water needs of agriculture, people and restore our rivers; local transportation issues including growing public transit; working with the railroad to maintain freight rail service to central Oregon; support childcare providers for our children; and other issues that affect the citizens of Deschutes County. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.