Commissioner Ken Kestner
Lake County Commissioner Ken Kestner took office on January 2, 2007. Commissioner Kestner is currently in his third 4-year term which expires December 31, 2018.
Commissioner Kestner was raised as one of six kids on a family farm near the rural community of Almyra, Arkansas and attended high school in DeWitt, AR.
Commissioner Kestner’s background includes: BS degree in Biology with accompanying graduate studies; enlistment in the United States Marine Corps with one combat tour in Viet Nam; one tour with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, Central America; twenty-one years with the USDA-Forest Service; six years with the USDI-Bureau of Land Management; one & half years on Lakeview Suburban Water District Board of Directors; seven years on Lake Health District Hospital Board of Directors.
Currently Commissioner Kestner serves on the Lake County Fair Board, the Lake County Development Board (non-profit devoted to economic development), the Goose Lake Medical Services Board (non-profit devoted to enhancing peripheral services of local hospital), Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Board, South -Central Oregon Early Learning Hub Board, Lake County Early Learning Governance Council, AOC Communication Policy Steering Committee Vice Chair, Rotary and is active in the local Layne Clifton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4070.
Commissioner Kestner’s emphasis as commissioner is first & foremost guarding and thereafter promoting the interests of Lake County. Personal interests include: vegetable gardening, camping, riding his Harley-Davidson, and sight-seeing road trips with his wife Mary.
2017 Liaison Responsibilities
Assessor Board of Property Tax Appeals
Community Corrections Community Development Loans
District Attorney Economic Development
- Enterprise Zone
Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (Board Member)
Lakeview Community Partnership Board Oregon Early Learning Council
Public Health Security/Safety/Facility Committee
Veterans Service Officer - NACo Telecommunications Steering Committee
Weed Advisory Committee
Shared Board Responsibilities:
Area Commission on Transportation County Lands (incl. Parks/Marine)
County Road Advisory Extension Services - OSU
National Schools & Counties Coalition Railroad
South Central Oregon Economic Development District