Benton County Board of Commissioners Chair Anne Schuster plans to retire at the end of next year and will not seek another term.

Schuster, 64, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in a press release issued by the county.

First elected to the board in November 2014, Schuster said she plans to retire when her current four-year term expires on Dec. 31, 2018.

“I love bringing ideas and people together to make change and hope to continue to do so informally after retirement,” she said in the press release.

“In my final year as a Benton County commissioner, some of my priorities are to finalize the update of the 10-year plan to address housing and homelessness in Benton County, to focus on countywide emergency management and recovery planning and to coalesce a regional economic development effort.”

Before being elected to the Board of Commissioners, Schuster served on the Corvallis School Board, Oregon School Board Association, Benton County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and a number of other boards and commissions.

She said she plans to spend her retirement volunteering, growing much of her own food on her 5-acre farm and devoting more time to her watercolor painting.

"I just want to get my life back," Schuster told the Gazette-Times in an interview.

"I'll be 65 when my term is done — that seems like an appropriate time to retire."

Schuster's Position 1 seat on the board comes up for election again in 2018, with party primaries in May and the general election in November. All three seats on the board are currently held by Democrats.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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