Lightning Round with Rhett Tatum, Clackamas County

Posted on October 8, 2012

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Rhett Tatum

Assistant County Counsel

Clackamas County


Favorite book of all-time:

A Moveable Feast: Ernest Hemingway

Book that is on your nightstand right now:

The Power Broker, Robert Moses and the Fall of New York: Robert Carro

(Fill in the blank) When you wake up in the morning, you are motivated by………

all the things I need to get done for the good people of Clackamas County, and coffee.

If you ran for elected office, what position would you run for?

City Council

Your best piece of career advice:

Specialize in what you care about, not what you think the job market cares about.

Your favorite social media outlet:


Which actor/actress would play you in a movie?

Stephen Merchant

What is the home page on your web browser?

New York Times

Biggest issue facing local government:

 (1) Urbanization, and

(2) adapting to the increasing realization that problems don’t fit into discrete boxes of “local,” “state,” “national” and “international,” and figuring out how to work vertically and horizontally to solve them

Two things that people will say about you at your retirement party:

(1) “He got along well with a lot of different people,” and

(2) “This cake is good.”

First concert that you ever attended:

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill Tour


Name three of your mentors:

    1. Todd Lochner, Chair of Political Science, Lewis & Clark College
    2. Jed Tomkins, Assistant County Attorney, Multnomah County
    3. Scot Sideras, Assistant County Counsel, Clackamas County

Who is at the dinner table if you could invite any three people (dead or alive)?

    1. James Madison
    2. Jane Jacobs
    3. David Brooks

(Fill in the blank) Government….

a tool for solving many of the challenges we face as a society.

(Fill in the blank) ELGL is ……..

well worth $20 a year!

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