Bouncing Forward: Eugene and Lane County Focus on Recovery

Jun 22, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

The vigorous, community-wide effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus achieved its goals, thanks to clear directions and broad cooperation.  As we enter Phase 2 of loosening restrictions, local leaders begin to focus on long term recovery.  What can we do to ease back into a “normal” that works better for us all?

Sarah Medary, City Manager pro tem of Eugene, and Steve Mokrohisky, Lane County Administrator, will describe the state of the current City and County emergency responses and share their plans for addressing the issues ahead. The effects of the pandemic will shape thinking about the needs of the workforce and community for a long time. How can the City and the County work together on housing/homeless strategies and business recovery to transform the lessons learned recently into innovative and sustainable solutions for the long term?


Sarah Medary ​became the City Manager pro tem for Eugene in November 2019.  Her career with the City started in 1996, when she was hired as a parks specialist. Since then, she has held 12 different positions, including executive and department head roles in Planning and Development, Public Works, and as the Assistant City Manager. Sarah moved to Eugene in 1991 to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.  She has a passion for leadership and earned an MA in Organizational Leadership and is certified as an Executive Coach by the International Coaching Federation.

Steve Mokrohisky became the Lane County administrator in May 2014.  He has been a county government leader for more than 20 years.  Thanks in part to Steve’s skill in investing limited resources in key areas and engaging the public in deliberations, Lane County’s financial management has been recognized by professional groups, and its bond rating is at the highest level. Steve earned a BA from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. He is the president-elect of the National Association of County Administrators.