Highlights work to stabilize agency and build a vision for the next four years
Salem, OR—Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan is celebrating her first 100 days in office, highlighting some of the work her administration has done to stabilize the agency and build a vision for the next four years to better serve Oregonians.
“Due to unexpected and tragic circumstances, I am Oregon’s fifth Secretary of State in six years. That volume of change has left the agency struggling with lack of direction and stability,” said Secretary Fagan. “Since taking office 100 days ago, I have been blown away by the hardworking employees in this agency. Despite the many challenges they have faced, our team of passionate professionals has continued to deliver exceptional services to Oregonians.
“Together, we have hit the ground running and are well on our way to building a clear vision for the next four years. I am excited about the work ahead to support every aspect of this agency: secure and accessible elections, telling the whole story of Oregon’s history, supporting small businesses across our state, and championing the audits divisions as they work to ensure that public services make a real difference in the lives of Oregonians who need them most.
In the first 100 days, Secretary Fagan’s administration:
• Launched a nationwide search for a new Elections Director and hired a new Information Services Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Director and Corporation Division Director.
• Successfully worked with Legislative leadership and the Oregon Supreme Court to identify a process for redistricting that would ensure robust public participation without moving 2022 primary elections.
• Released a revamped budget and vision for the Secretary of State’s office to improve public engagement and increase public education on the resources and the services of the agency.
• Set a legislative agenda focused on voter access, including support for same day voter registration (HJR 11), allowing election day postmarks (HB 3291), and automatic voter registration expansion (HB 2499), among other important pieces of legislation.
• Developed and released the 2021-22 Oregon Audits to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our state.
• Began planning a four-year vision for the agency to stabilize the divisions and ensure the work is serving the Oregonians who rely on the agency.
“It is an honor to have the trust of the people of Oregon to lead the dedicated team of professionals in the Secretary of State’s office,” Secretary Fagan added. “My commitment, as we work to bring stability and chart out a four-year vision, is that we are in the best position to do our part in the critical work of restoring Oregonian’s trust in public services and institutions.