Jackson County Commissioner Don Skundrick has been appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to the state's Infrastructure Finance Authority board, which helps communities improve public health and safety through infrastructure improvements, especially involving safe drinking water and wastewater systems.

Jackson County Commissioner Don Skundrick has been appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to the state's Infrastructure Finance Authority board, which helps communities improve public health and safety through infrastructure improvements, especially involving safe drinking water and wastewater systems.

Skundrick will serve a four-year term.

The IFA was created to ensure that the state's infrastructure needs are better identified and prioritized to ensure the best use of the state's limited resources.

The IFA's grants, loans and technical assistance mean cleaner and safer drinking water, improved wastewater systems, better roads, main streets and utilities, and improved social facilities for Oregonians statewide.

As a board member, Skundrick will review loan requests and recommendations from IFA staff as to the viability of the loans and their overall importance and priority to Oregon's citizens.

The board meets six times each year.

Skundrick was recommended by the Association of Oregon Counties as a county representative to the IFA, which interviewed him and forwarded a recommendation to Kitzhaber for approval.

Before serving on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners beginning in 2011, Skundrick worked for 44 years at LTM (now Knife River Corporation). He also has served on multiple state, regional and national boards, including the American Red Cross, Southern Oregon Drug Awareness, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc., the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Bear Creek and Greater Medford Rotaries, Providence Hospital Foundation, Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, and as a Medford water commissioner.