From retirement to treasurer, Sam Brentano returns to Marion County

Sam Brentano can only spend so much time fishing.

The 70-year-old former Marion County commissioner has returned to the county as its treasurer, a required role in county operations and government.

He’s still spending most of his time on the water because the job is just one day a week. Call his cellphone most any day, and he’ll likely be on a boat with a fishing pole in hand.

“Probably don’t want to do it forever,” Brentano said over a lunch of pizza at Paddington’s in Salem. “I won’t want to do it if anything goes bad and that responsibility thing comes in.”

Brentano was a county commissioner from when he was appointed in 2003 until 2020, when he declined to run for reelection.

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