Local government

Hill named to new, state housing board

ONTARIO – Local contractor and former city mayor Riley Hill was selected by Gov. Tina Kotek to serve on a state board designed to create an action plan for an ambitious initiative to help solve Oregon’s housing crisis.

Kotek announced Hill is one of 18 appointments from across the state who will serve on the Housing Production Advisory Council. The council was created as part of Gov. Kotek’s plan to produce 36,000 homes per year over the next decade.

The board consists of 25 individuals from with an array private, government and tribal affiliations.

A press release from the governor’s office reported Hill’s focus will be land use and market housing development in rural Oregon.

“I know too many Oregonians are struggling to find stable housing or on the verge of losing it. Employers, particularly in rural and suburban areas, are struggling to hire and keep staff because this is nowhere for them to live or they are commuting from hours away,” said Kotek.

Hill is a longtime local contractor and was elected mayor of Ontario in 2018. He lost a reelection bid to Debbie Folden in 2022.

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