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Jack Liang starts Tuesday; he has been with Portland, most recently as assistant city controller. Liang succeeds Mary Gruss, who retired after a combined 26 years of service to the county, Hillsboro and Tigard.

Jack Liang is the new chief finance officer for Washington County.

Liang starts his new job Tuesday, July 9, after serving as assistant controller with the City of Portland's Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services.

Liang has held several accounting- and finance-related positions of increasing responsibility in Portland city government since 2011. Prior to his service with Portland, Liang worked for different financial and consulting firms in the Portland-metro area.

Liang is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 2007 from Portland State University.

Liang will succeed Mary Gruss, who retired after 26 years of combined public service in financial management with Washington County, the City of Hillsboro and the City of Tigard. Her final budget, which county commissioners approved July 19, is for the year that started July 1. Gruss was finance director for Hillsboro.

Washington County's Finance Division manages the organization's accounting and financial systems as well as supporting the process of adopting the organization's $1.2 billion budget. The division is part of the county's Support Services Department.

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