Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paul Levesque

Photo from Statesman Journal 
Residents of Tillamook County know the name Paul Levesque. As Chief of Staff for the Board of County Commissioners he is in the news on a regular basis. He also was recently honored as one of the “Local Heroes in Action” for coming to the aide of a woman being assaulted at a gas station. 

What folks may not know is that Paul is a published historian with a personal interest in Bayocean; which is why he agreed to an interview despite being a busy fellow. 

Paul has been a resident of Tillamook County since 1971. He lived on Cape Meares in 1973 and 1974, while working oyster beds for Cecil Harris. During that time he was on Bayocean regularly, for work and play.  

Since 1976, Paul has worked for Tillamook County, in several different capacities. In 1985 he wrote the two volume A Chronicle of the Tillamook County Forest Trust Lands . More recently, Paul has written these three papers:  
Each of work is well documented and gives information specific to Bayocean and/or provides historical context. I was surprised to read there was a Port of Bayocean that played a part in getting the US Corps of Engineers to build the south end dike before it was renamed the Port of Tillamook Bay. 

As an adjunct faculty with Oregon State University, Paul teaches a class called "History of County Government"  to newly elected county commissioners from across Oregon. He also serves as the Vice President of the Oregon Geographic Names Board. 

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