Benton County’s process to bring in a new county administrator stretched all the way to New York state with the hiring of Rachel McEneny, which was announced Tuesday. McEneny’s anticipated start date is Oct. 2.

Rachel McEneny

McEnemy will come to Oregon after working in various administrative roles, including with the city of Albany, New York, since 2016. Her career in public service includes serving as the budget officer and later as the commissioner of administrative services in Albany — positions directly tied to efficiency and governance.

“The county believes that Rachel’s skill set, qualifications and dedication to public service align perfectly with the county’s vision for efficient and effective administration,” Board of Commissioners chair Pat Malone said through a news release. “Her selection as the preferred candidate underscores the depth of talent and capability among the finalists, reflecting positively on Benton County’s appeal as a destination for exceptional leadership.”

Prior to her time in Albany, McEneny served as the director of public affairs for the New York State Department of Labor/Workers Compensation Board and as the deputy commissioner for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. She also worked as director of communications for the Albany County District Attorney and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. 

McEnemy’s educational background includes a bachelor of arts in theatre and a minor in political science from the University at Albany—State University of New York and a post-graduate certificate in arts administration from SUNY Purchase. She is also a distinguished graduate of the executive leadership program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“The county expresses its sincere gratitude to all the finalists for their interest and dedication throughout the selection process,” Malone said.

Suzanne Hoffman, interim county administrator and former Health Department director, will be retiring on Aug. 31. Effective Sept. 1, County Chief Financial Officer Rick Crager will step into the role of interim county administrator until McEneny’s expected start date.

Hoffman has made significant contributions to Benton County in the areas of public health, behavioral health, and coordinated homeless response, the county stated in its news release.