Rick Dyer was elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in November of 2014 and sworn into office on January 5, 2015. Commissioner Dyer serves as the Chair of the Board for 2016.
For the 2016 calendar year, Commissioner Dyer is the Board liaison to the following County departments and/or committees: Airport (Airport Advisory Committee), County Administration, County Audit Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), Health and Human Services (Local Alcoholism and Drug Planning Committee, Mental Health Advisory Committee, Public Health Advisory Committee, and Veterans' Advisory Committee), Law Library Advisory Committee, and Surveyor.
Commissioner Dyer also serves as liaison to the following: Central Point City Council, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Governor's Regional Solutions Team (RST), Housing Authority of Jackson County (HAJC), Jacksonville City Council, Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Association of Counties (NACo) (Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee), NOAA Fisheries Services, Rogue Workforce Partnership (Job Council), Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Commissioner Rick Dyer came to Southern Oregon when he was in junior high and he graduated from Hidden Valley High School in 1982. His family lived in Grants Pass. Rick's family members are no strangers to hard work; Father, Dr. Walt Dyer, is the senior staff member of the Applied Physics Department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD; his mother, Brenda Patton, has owned and run her own accounting firm in Grants Pass for over 35 years; his sister, Cheryl Dyer, has her own financial planning firm in Medford; and his brother, Dr. Tom Dyer, is a semiconductor process integration engineer at IBM and was selected as the Master Inventor of 2012.
Rick has made his own mark as well. At Hidden Valley High School, Rick played baseball and basketball, was elected the Senior Class President and was a member of the National Honor Society. At Southern Oregon University, he received a BS in Business Administration/Accounting in 1987. From there, Rick received his Juris Doctorate degree from Concord Law School. In 2011, Rick passed the Bar Exam on his first attempt in July of 2011.
Today Rick combines his love for sports and concerns for our area kids by coaching football, basketball, and baseball as well as volunteering in the classroom. He loves helping and feels that this will keep kids busy, learn valuable life lessons and keep them out of trouble.
Rick has also been elected twice to the RVTD Board of Directors. Rick’s time on the Board prepared him well for Jackson County Commissioner. As a RVTD Board Member he has had the opportunity to bring labor and management together while bargaining with the unions. Rick has worked with fellow Board Members to shape and create a budget in tough economic times. His leadership has helped the RVTD organization to run more like a business; he has always been a good steward of taxpayer money.
Rick looks at things critically; researches issues completely and presents ideas and concepts to groups and individuals for discussion. He strives to create a non-confrontational, thoughtful and thorough process for dealing with the issues of the day.
Rick has excelled wherever he has worked. After rising to senior management in the automotive industry, in 2008 he started a general contracting company. This allowed the flexibility to go to law school and continue to support his family. Not the best time to do anything in the construction business, yet he still found great success, He loved sitting down with people in their homes, finding energy savings, and what works best for them. This business will continue to serve Southern Oregon residents with new managers running the day-to-day operations while Rick turns his full attention to the Job of Jackson County Commissioner.
Jackson County Courthouse
10 South Oakdale Ave. Room 214
Medford, OR 97501