Monday, June 13, 2011

Michael E. Harper, Sr. joins OLCC's Board of Commissioners

by Joy Spencer

Michael E. Harper, Sr. has been appointed to the OLCC’s board of commissioners. Harper was nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

Harper brings a rich background in public speaking and a passion for teamwork and collaboration to the OLCC. Harper is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago, IL and is currently an agent with State Farm Insurance. Prior to joining State Farm in 1991, Harper was forward-center for the Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball team, and later served as the team’s Speakers Bureau Director. Harper’s also coached youth basketball for Riverdale High School, Fairview High School and Valley Catholic School.

Active in the community, Harper’s public service experience includes member of the SW Portland Rotary, Western Oregon University Foundation board member, Prince Hall Mason F & A.M. Deputy Grand Master, served on the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery board and the State of Oregon Commission on Children and Family, as well as Founder of the Grassharper Foundation.

Harper represents the 5th Congressional District.

The five citizen commissioners are the policy-making body of the OLCC. They meet monthly for one or two days to make decisions on liquor licenses, rules, contested case hearings and appointments of liquor store agents. Commission meetings are held every other month at OLCC's main office, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Room 103A in Portland. Subsequent months, the meetings are held via phone. Agenda items can be obtained on the OLCC's Website.

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