Curry County Commissioner Court Boice has decided to run for a second term for Position 3. The paperwork and fee of $50 were filed on Jan. 21. To date, Boice is the only candidate who has filed for Position 3.
Boice first ran for and won the position after David Brock Smith was elected to the Oregon State Legislature.
“He called me up and said, ‘You need to run for commissioner,’” Boice said.
“Then I got elected, and I’ve never forgiven him,” he teased. “I’m running again because who else is going to do it? Who else is going to take the pressure of this job? It’s tremendous. Now that I’ve been in for three years, I’m starting to find my footing a little bit. I’m really energized to do another four years.”
Boice has joined an alliance of commissioners from neighboring counties (Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Douglas), confers often with state and federal agencies, and serves on numerous boards and committees.
“I’ve attended all these boards that nobody else would do,” he said. “In my opinion, they are so important.”
He attends a roster of board meetings that numbers more than 20 organizations.
He has worked with federal and state elected officials to secure more than $11 million of funding for the county over the past three years, including $2 million for the South Curry Emergency Room, $1.7 million state funding and $1.2 million federal funding for Sudden Oak Death, and $1.2 million for Emergency Forest Restoration after the Chetco Bar Fire.
“Nobody can say I’m not dedicated,” he said. “Nobody can say I’m not bringing the funds back. Nobody can say I’m lazy on the boards. It’s not just about bringing money into the county but about doing your job, focusing, being full-time and working well with people.”
Boice says that he models his leadership style after past Oregon statesmen, such as Governor Vic Atiyeh, Secretary of State Norma Paulus, Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and Congressman John Dellenback.
“These leaders had a legacy of problem solving and collaboration, which has had a lasting impact on me,” Boice said. “Using those traits, I have focused on building relationships, making corrections, and positioning this county toward a future of economic prosperity. Together with our talented staff, we're regaining security for Curry County families, employers and citizens, while improving public safety and quality of life.”
Boice’s past service includes economic development and many volunteer boards. He served eight years on the Oregon State Marine Board and ran a successful small business as an active employer for 35 years.
He comes from a family of committed public servants. Grandfather Allen Boice Sr., served this county from 1930–1948. Historically, he was the longest seated Curry County commissioner. Boice’s father Allen Boice II was the famous Curry County Sheriff in the ’60s and ’70s and an incredibly dedicated lawman. Boice's first cousin Beverly Clarno formerly served as Oregon Speaker of the House and returned from retirement to fill the current role of Oregon Secretary of State.
“They all left a tremendous heritage to follow,” he said. “I know our area very well and am grateful to have built strong problem-solving coalitions. I consistently serve 45–55 hours a week, and my diligence has paid off for this county. I'm very optimistic about our future.”
Boice ranked his top three accomplishments over the past term as the South Curry Emergency facility, Sudden Oak Death and working with the Governor’s Fire Response Council.
Boice recently traveled to Capitol Hill in D.C., asking only for airfare reimbursement, to lobby for federal changes for wildfire prevention. He has worked hard to protect communities from catastrophic fires. During the Klondike Fire near Agness in 2018, Boice was at the incident command center every morning for more than 100 days, reading the reports and welcoming 11 different teams from across the country and around the world for their 14-day assignments.
He serves on the Fire Suppression Committee of the Governor's Fire Response (Recovery and Restoration) Council.
“We are now anticipating up to $200 million in funds being allocated via the Oregon Department of Forestry and Fire Protective Associations.
"I'm a working, task-oriented commissioner and face problems head-on,” he said. “Our county has many challenges, and conversely, we have incredible opportunities. I am blessed to be in a position to make a positive difference. My job is to make lives better for our citizens, and my experience is crucial to that process. I wish to continue my success in securing funds, positive attention and solid work for Curry County.
“People want accountable, responsible, and transparent service in government. We need to control costs and manage our county well. Serving the public is an honor and a responsibility. I’m proud that I have consistently fulfilled the goals I outlined when campaigning in 2016.”