Financial Foundations Framework, Leadership, Ethics, and Trust

Sharing Strategies for Working Together

Image from April 2022 GFR

Clark County, with a population of nearly 500,000 people, is located in southwest Washington just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The county has approximately 1,700 full-time equivalent positions, and many employees, including those in the county’s Budget Office, have been working remotely since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Budget Office is made up of five full-time employees. Three of the current team members started in the latter half of 2021, as the Budget Office hasn’t been immune to the increased staff turnover that many local governments are experiencing lately. The team acknowledges the challenges associated with working remotely but believes that their office’s collaborative culture has positioned them for success. In a recent conversation, they spoke about the benefits of internal collaboration as well as collaboration with other departments throughout the county.