The Administrative Services Department provides general oversight and direction to the county organization as a whole, both in terms of planning for the county’s long-term financial and organizational health and managing the day-to-day operation of one of Central Oregon’s largest employers.
The Administrative Services Department works with the Board of Commissioners to formulate County policies and goals. The department also implements and communicates these policies and goals to employees. Other duties include evaluating program effectiveness, providing internal audits, communication and support for all County programs and services through administrative policy.
County Administrator - Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson was appointed County Administrator on April 3, 2013. Tom has a strong background in public administration. He was hired by Deschutes County in 1998 as Senior Management Analyst/Operations Manager in CDD and promoted to CDD Director in February 2005. The Deschutes County Administrator is the Chief Administrative Officer. He is responsible for the administration and management of the County and its service districts and works under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners.
The County Administrator has specific authority to perform all day-to-day functions necessary for the administration and management of County affairs. The County Administrator provides direction to others concerning budget and the operation and maintenance of the personnel system.
Anderson provides direction to the appointed department heads and is the first point of contact with elected County officials. He supervises all administrative departments including Veterans' Services, Risk Management, Personnel, Internal Auditing, Public Communications and Building and Maintenance Services.
Prior to his employment with Deschutes County, Tom worked for the City of Long Beach, California for 12 years. During that time, Tom progressively fulfilled various departmental positions. Several of those positions included General Services, Community Development, Budget Office, and City Manager’s Office. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Deputy County Administrator - Erik Kropp
Erik Kropp was hired as the Deputy County Administrator for Deschutes County in November 2007.
Prior to joining Deschutes County, Erik spent 13 years with the City of Phoenix, Arizona in various departments including budgeting, youth and education, parks and recreation, personnel, and public works.
Erik has a Master of Science degree in Policy Analysis from Penn State and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.