Thomas Frank has lived in West Linn with his wife since 2004. His interest in participating on city government boards came about in 2006 as a result of wanting to help the City of West Linn during a period of crisis. Since then, his citizen involvement has enhanced the strength and transparency our city government needed. Thomas, a native Oregonian, received his Bachelors degree in Finance from Portland State University and an MBA from the University of Portland.
Thomas strongly believes that economic development should be a main priority. His vision includes supporting area small businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and finding ways to welcome new business opportunities. This, he feels, will make West Linn financially stronger and remain a vibrant, vital community for all our citizens, young and old. Other top priorities include strong public safety, enhancing City infrastructure, and maintaining City services.
Over the last several years Thomas has served on six (6) city/county boards: Tri-City Committee (Vice Chair), Transportation Advisory Board, Citizen’s Budget Committee (Vice Chair and Chair), Community Police Facility Development Committee, West Linn Police Station Steering Committee and, the Planning Commission for West Linn. He has also worked tirelessly on the West Linn Police Station PAC that successfully advocated for the passage of an $8.5 million bond measure to give our officers a safe and adequate facility. This successful bond measure election was the first to pass in thirteen years.
Thomas is also active in Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL are innovative local government leaders with a passion for connecting, communicating and educating. In 2014, he was active planning for their annual conference #ELGL14.
Thomas was elected to the City Council in 2012. Joining the National League of Cities in 2014, he was appointed to the Small Cities Council. This national council’s purpose is to network and share ideas and solutions to challenges affecting small cities across the nation. In addition, the council shapes national legislation priorities to positively impact smaller communities. He has advocated for Small Cities priorities in Congress and the White House.
Also in 2014, was voted unanimously to the League of Oregon Cities Board of Directors on Sept. 27 during the 89th annual conference in Eugene.
The League of Oregon Cities represents the state’s 242 incorporated cities. It works, along with its volunteer members, to help improve how local government serves citizens in the state of Oregon. The LOC works in the areas of advocacy for cities as well as federal issues, information and research, education and best practices.
“I am excited to represent, set legislative priorities and advocate for all the cities of Oregon to the Legislature and Governor’s office,” Frank said in a statement.