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New Lane County commissioners sworn in

Joe Berney and Heather Buch were sworn in as the newest Lane County commissioners.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 4:50 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 11:33 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Three Lane County commissioners were sworn in Monday morning, with two of them starting their first term.

Joe Berney is the new District 2 Springfield commissioner. Berney defeated former Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken for the position back in May, after he received about 52 percent of the vote.

RELATED: Leiken loses bid for third term on county board

Berney is a retired business leader who told KEZI 9 News he's ready to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to addressing hot-button issues like homelessness.

"Let's see if we can't rebuild the institutions like family, and communities, and schools, and churches and fraternal organizations, which ultimately stop abuse and neglect (that) lead to homelessness," said Berney.

The other new commissioner sworn in Monday is Heather Buch who will represent District 5 East Lane County. 

MORE: Incumbent Gary Williams loses East Lane County commissioner seat

Buch defeated commissioner Gary Williams back in November when she received 56 percent of the vote. She told KEZI adding jobs and more affordable housing are issues she would like to address during her term.

"I have a strong housing background, specifically more so in affordable housing, and that is the biggest issue that our county is facing today,” Buch said. “So, I hope to bring that experience to the plate to be able to find some effective solutions."

Jay Bozievich, who represents District 1 West Lane County, is the board chair.

The first Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at Harris Hall on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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