Who are the Commissioners?

The five commissioners are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms.

Commissioners

David Barringer: E-Mail: barringer300@gmail.com

David is the Chair of the Commission for 2017

Appointed: January 1, 2014
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Experience: David retired from the Bonneville Power Administration after 30 years. He worked mainly in the Finance Office, where he analyzed the repayment of bonds, developed capital budgets and coordinated the preparation of the agency’s budget, with a focus on aligning agency policy and spending decisions. He also worked in the Office of General Counsel, where he worked on financial issues, including appropriations law. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Lewis and Clark Law School.

Reason joined Commission: “The scarcity of financial resources requires that to maximize their effective use. Careful planning and thoughtful budgeting must always be employed for large organizations as well as individual households. My career was focused on this principle and I am honored to be able to focus my attention and experience to assist the local governments of Multnomah County in facing the challenges and opportunities regarding the prudent use of taxpayer provided funds. My goal is to help ensure that the municipal governments excel at linking policy choices with spending decisions. ”

 

Brendan Watkins, E-Mail: brendan.p.watkins@pjc.com

Appointed: February 01, 2013
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Experience: Brendan Watkins currently works as an Associate with Piper Jaffray & Co.’s Seattle-Northwest Division. He focuses on financial modeling, debt structuring and related analysis for local governments and school districts in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Watkins joined the Piper Jaffray & Co. team in February 2014 after two years with Wedbush Securities, serving in a similar capacity. Prior to public finance, Mr. Watkins spent five years of covering the financial technology and construction products/materials industries for the Equity Capital Markets group of D.A. Davidson. Mr. Watkins graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Economics.

Reason joined Commission: “My desire to serve on the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission (TSCC) comes from two motivations: first, to serve my hometown and all its’ component units, and second, to serve all my fellow taxpayers. I believe I can bring fresh ideas from a new perspective in our current governmental and economic systems for them to be effective and efficient. Without public involvement our public entities cannot be expected to meet the needs and expectations of the constituents.”

 

Margo Norton: E-Mail: nortonmargo@aol.com

Appointed: January 1, 2016
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Experience: Margo retired from a 30 year career in government finance and public policy.  She has worked at local, state and regional government levels in Oregon, retiring as CFO at Metro, the regional government, in 2013. In her early career she worked as a facility administrator at a nonprofit serving developmentally disabled children and adults in Eugene, an experience that encouraged her to serve as a board member for other nonprofits throughout her working career. In retirement she currently serves on the board of the Portland Revels, a community arts organization. She is a member of the Conductor’s Society for the Oregon Bach Festival at the University of Oregon, and, on balance, a long-time supporter of the Marine Mammal program at Oregon State University.

Reason joined Commission: “Joining the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission allows me to use a career’s worth of knowledge about municipal finance, budgeting and policy making in public service to my neighbors, my friends and citizens I have yet to meet. The TSCC provides additional accountability that strengthens individual units of government and education, promotes collaboration among government service providers, and brings a higher value to tax payers in Multnomah County.”

 

James Ofsink, E-Mail: tscc@ofsink.com

Appointed: January 1, 2016
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Experience: James is a systems analyst and project manager in the Information Technology Group at Oregon Health & Science University and a career public servant. Prior to OHSU, James served as Assistant Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at Portland State University. As part of his portfolio at PSU James was responsible for the management of over $250M in federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Outside of work, James practices extreme civics—serving on the board of the League of Women Voters of Portland, leading committees at City Club and the League of Women Voters of Oregon and helping wherever possible at Common Cause, the Oregon Center for Human Rights, and Hack Oregon.

Reason joined Commission: “I care deeply about the continued success of our public systems. We live in an amazing region, which we owe in no small part to the forward thinking and participatory policies of decision makers a generation ago. I hope that as part of the TSCC I can help bridge the gap between the perspectives of citizens and public executives. I believe the Commission can assist today’s leaders in managing our natural, intellectual, and cultural capital for today’s citizens as well as tomorrow’s.”

 

Mark Wubbold: E-Mail: wubbold@gmail.com

Appointed: November 16, 2016
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Experience: Mark currently serves as the Senior Policy Analyst in the office of the President at Portland State University. His eclectic portfolio includes preparing testimony for legislative policy packets, as well as staffing Presidential initiatives — such as strategic planning and accreditation — with campus-wide implications. Previous to this, he was the special assistant to PSU’s Vice President for Finance and Administration where he worked on fiscal management issues and special projects. One of these, the Financial Futures Task Force, aligned perfectly with the interests of the TCSS, since it led to PSU’s adoption of Performance Based Budgeting.

Reason joined Commission: “TSCC service is consistent with my personal belief that budgets reflect the values of our institutions. How an organization prioritizes the allocation of scarce public resources is a window into its institutional soul. Service on a commission of this type is a wonderful way to better understand and appreciate the relationship between Multnomah County institutions, their values, and the people they serve. For a curious, community oriented person, TSCC service is an opportunity that is hard to pass up.”

Staff

Craig L. Gibons, Executive Director

E-Mail: craig.gibons@multco.us
Employed with the Commission since: June 2013

Craig oversees the daily operations of the Commission. He has over 30 years of experience in state and local government. He graduated with a bachelors degree in History from the University of Oregon. His career has included work in accounting, financial analysis, risk management, labor relations, capital project management, and property management. Since 2004 he has focused on municipal finance, serving as Finance Director for the cities of Talent, Coburg, and Sherwood. He is on the Board of the Oregon Government Finance Officers Association and is the Chair of the Portland Arts Tax Citizen Oversight Committee.

 

Tunie Betschart, Budget Analyst

E-Mail: Tunie.betschart@multco.us
Employed with the Commission since: September, 2004

Tunie’s primary responsibility is the day to day operation of the office. She also takes a lead role in getting TSCC’s Annual Report ready for printing. Tunie reviews budgets for compliance with local budget law and prepares reviews for the Commission. She also reviews annual audits of the districts as submitted by independent accountants. Tunie spent 20 years as an administrative assistant with the Maintenance Department at PGE’s Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.

 

Shannon Turk, Budget Analyst

E-Mail: Shannon.l.turks@multco.us
Employed with the Commission since: September, 2004

Shannon’s primary responsibility with TSCC is tracking long term debt for each district. She reviews district’s budget for compliance with local budget law and prepares reviews of those budgets for the Commission. Shannon has extensive experience working with the City of Gresham in both management auditing and budget analysis positions. She has also worked for Multnomah County, including two years in the county assessor’s office. Shannon has a master degree in public administration from Portland State University.