Thomas Huxley - Commissioner
Having never run for political office before, Tom was elected to the Curry County Board of Commissioners in November 2014 and was sworn into office January 5, 2015. He served as Chair in 2016 and 2017.
During his campaign for office, Tom promised the voters that, if elected, he would only accept compensation of $10,000 per year and would take no healthcare or other benefits. That would save the people of Curry County over $320,000 during his four year term.
During the first half of 2015 Tom encountered strong opposition from the county insisting he could not accept an annual salary of $10,000 without violating federal and state laws. With the help of two pro bono attorneys from Bend, Oregon he kept his campaign promise. In 2016 another candidate for county commissioner ran on a similar platform and was elected.
Tom brings with him a corporate and small business background which includes full profit and loss responsibility for the operation of construction, manufacturing and service companies. He was the sole proprietor of a retail hardware business quadrupling sales over seven years.
Tom and his wife Kathy have been married for 47 years and lived in Brookings, Oregon since 2001. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the School of Engineering; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA.
With nearly one third of citizens in Curry County age 65 and older, Tom ran on a platform of proposing solution other than more taxes. This included department consolidations and rethinking and improving government services to save $$$. Progress toward these ends during the calendar year 2016 are provided in the 2017 State of the County Address.
In June 2017 on a two to one vote Commissioners passed Ordinance No. 17-01 creating the position of County Administrator effectively changing the organizational structure of the county. The position of Interim Administrator was filled in September 2017. All department heads now report directly to the Administrator where they had previously reported to three commissioners.