Chapter Dues Statements Now Available.

The current year membership dues statements are in the process of being sent via e-mail to chapter members.  The membership form is also available via the chapter web site.

Please send your completed statement and payment in as soon as possible.




Special Election Results

Oregon chapter members have approved an amendment to the chapter bylaws providing for special elections to fill vacant officer and director positions, and concurrently elected a new chapter Secretary and elected five new directors to fill board positions.

Doug Detling, who has several years service on the board as a director, will serve as Secretary, filling the unexpired term (until December 31) of Rob Koch, long-time Secretary who died last May.

Elected to the board as directors were the following: Amanda Aschim, Angie Bond, Pamela Bowles, Lucy Shipley and Kyle Weraky.  All will serve as directors through December 31, but all are expected to be candidates for director positions when regular elections are held later this year.

The revised Board contact roster is available.

Board Proposes Bylaws Amendment for Special Election

The Chapter Board is proposing in a special election to be conducted in August that Section V of the chapter bylaws be amended to allow for the orderly filling of vacant board positions. The proposed amendment would change Article V  Section 9 of the bylaws to read (underscores are additions, strike-through are deletions):

Section 9 – If a chapter officer or director should resign or be unable to discharge the duties of his/her office and if the unexpired portion of the term is 90 days or morelonger, the Board of Directors shall call a special election to fill the vacancy. If the unexpired portion of a director’sthe term is less fewer than 90 days, the Board of Directors shall designate a board member to discharge the duties of the office for the remainder of the officer’s term. A vacant director’s position with fewer than 90 days remaining in his/her term need not be filled, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

A special election ballot will be electronically submitted to the chapter membership soon, with the amendment to be effective upon adoption. Simultaneously, the Board proposes to fill vacant positions (assuming the Bylaws are amended as proposed).

Top 10 Employment Liabilities Training Seminar – Encore Presentation in Corvallis

The Oregon Chapter hosts its first mid-valley training event with an encore presentation of Tamara Jones’ Top 10 Employment Law Liabilities on Thursday, July 20, at Benton County Sunset Building in Corvallis.  The seminar and hot breakfast are included in the registration fee. Please join us for a review of current top liability trends and what to look forward this year and beyond.

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Chapter Secretary Rob Koch Dies

The Oregon Chapter Board of Directors was saddened to learn of the passing of its Secretary of many years, Rob Koch, who died May 21.

Chapter President Jim Loeffler, commenting on Rob’s death: “May I ask that all of us attempt at least one act of kindness today in Rob’s memory?  I will miss him.”

Former Chapter President Janet Newport: “My heart hurts.  Rob was a wonderful person and I as well will miss his encouragement and positivity.  His contributions to Oregon IPMA-HR are many.”

Treasurer Debra Bullard: “During his term with IPMA, Rob was always helpful in assisting with conferences, both local and regional, as well as coming in very early to help set up our seminars on a regular basis. He was also instrumental in obtaining our Chapter’s non-profit status, which was a huge task. I know I will certainly miss his positive attitude and helpful and friendly demeanor.”

Added IPMA-HR President Mary Rowe: “Rob was always so kind and generous in sharing his talents and time whether speaking at IPMA meetings or our conference, volunteering on the board, mentoring young men in his fraternity at Willamette university and more recently doing pro bono consulting for small businesses.  We will all miss his kind and gentle spirit.”

Employment Liability Seminar Rescheduled for May 12

Employment liability is one of the major exposures public entities face.  Tamara Jones, pre-loss attorney for CityCounty Insurance Services, will present the chapter’s May 12 seminar at the City of Tualatin Police Department Training Room. Join us for a review of current top liability trends and what to look forward to in 2017.

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PECBA 101 Training Rescheduled for March 10

The PECBA 101 class originally rescheduled for January, and postponed twice due to inclement weather, will be held Friday, March 10, in Tualatin’s Police Department Training Room.

This class is an overview of PECBA and how to navigate the statute and bargain more effectively within the parameters of the Act. Presenters Diana Moffatt and Steve Herron are highly experienced negotiators and will give you helpful tips and information on how to navigate the collective bargaining process. It’s a great training experience for HR managers and other management personnel who will sit on your bargaining team.

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Weather Forces Cancellation of Friday Training

The presentation scheduled for Friday, February 3, has been cancelled due to inclement weather–what Chapter President Jim Loeffler called “the consistent threat of freezing rain in tonight and tomorrow’s forecast” in an e-mail to the chapter board this morning.

The chapter will again attempt to reschedule this training, which was itself scheduled for January but cancelled due to weather conditions in northern Oregon. Chapter members should look for more details about training class schedules in subsequent e-mail and on this web site.

Registration Open for WRIPMA Training Conference in Las Vegas

The annual training conference for Western Region IPMA-HR will be held April 26-28 in Las Vegas.  Registration is now open.

April 26-28 – Western Region IPMA-HR Annual Training Conference
Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas

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