FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2018

Commissioner Wayne Fording, COIC Chair
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council

Executive Director Announcement for COIC

Bend, Oregon: On September 11, 2018, the Board of COIC unanimously agreed to the appointment of Tammy Baney to serve as the Executive Director of COIC beginning January 1, 2019

The recruitment process for the Executive Director began in May after Karen Friend, after serving 22 years at COIC, announced her desire to retire.  The COIC Board adopted hiring procedures and conducted an extensive national search to ensure the greatest access to a national candidate pool and provide the greatest opportunity to find the best candidate for the position.

Ms. Baney has had the opportunity to work across many domains, all directed toward supporting the success of communities in the region. She works as an elected official, director, and chair of numerous statewide committees and commissions that affords COIC the opportunity to put her knowledge of transportation, housing, natural resources, economic development, youth development, and regional convening to work to lead the evolution and assure the relevance of COIC into the future.  In addition, Ms. Baney has developed strong local, state and federal relationships over the last several years that the COIC Board felt would be an asset to the Executive Director role and to COIC.

COIC Vice-Chair, Bartt Brick stated “COIC is honored and excited to have Ms. Baney join our dedicated and committed staff Ms. Baney’s passion for Central Oregon and her commitment to both economic vitality and being an active voice for the underserved and the marginalized in our community make her a perfect choice to lead COIC forward.” Ms. Baney stated “I’m delighted to accept this challenging, yet exciting position. COIC plays an important role in coalescing Central Oregon’s voice around important issues and we provide critical services to meet our region’s needs. I’m eager to work with our communities and the COIC team to identify areas in which we can strengthen and enhance the value we provide to our region.”

About COIC: As the region’s Council of Governments, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council serves the local governments of Central Oregon, providing regional collaboration, service delivery and efficiencies for a stronger local economy and quality of life.  COIC provides a service to the counties of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson as well as to the cities of Bend, Culver, LaPine, Madras, Metolius, Prineville, Redmond, and Sisters.  COIC currently provides workforce development, economic development, alternative education, loan, and transportation services, including Cascades East Transit.