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Oral history interview with Michael S. Lincicum
- 2011-01-11 - 2011-04-06 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet; 11 audiocassettes (11 hr., 16 min, 11 sec.)
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Michael Scott Lincicum was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1946. He attended Willamette University with a double major in Russian and political science, graduating in 1968. He then attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his master's degree in 1969. He transferred to the University of Oregon to continue working toward a Ph.D., but he was unable to complete it. That same year, he and Bernice Louise Balcomb were married. They later had two children. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. From 1970 to 1972, he worked for the Oregon Educational Coordinating Commission, where he conducted a study on education programs for children with disabilities. He worked as a budget analyst for the Oregon Budget and Management Division from 1973 to 1983, and as administrative services director for the Oregon Children Services Department from 1983 to 1984. He was administrative services director for the Oregon Mental Health Services Department for about two years, beginning in 1984, and briefly served as acting director around 1986. He also served as deputy director of the department from 1987 to around 1992. He then worked as an administrator for the Oregon Health Plan in the mid-1990s, then returned to the Oregon Budget and Management Division. He retired in 2000.
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This oral history interview with Michael S. Lincicum was conducted by John P. Strassmaier from January 11 to April 6, 2011. In this interview, Lincicum discusses family background and early life in Portland, Oregon, including his early education. He discusses attending Willamette University, particularly his role as president of his fraternity. He talks about attending the University of Wisconsin and his transfer to the University of Oregon. He also talks about student protests against the Vietnam War and his feelings about the prospect of being drafted. He describes how his status as a conscientious objector led to a job working for the Oregon Educational Coordinating Commission. He describes conducting a study on education programs for children with disabilities and speaks at length about the reforms that were underway during Governor Tom McCall's administration. He also discusses his other duties at the commission. He then talks about working as a budget analyst under Robert W. Smith for the Oregon Budget and Management Division. He describes Smith's philosophy of budget analysis; his first assignment as budget analyst for the Mental Health Division; and the process of calculating budgets without computers. He describes the workplace culture in state government and how it changed under different governors. Lincicum discusses working as administrative services director for the Oregon Children Services Department, then in the Oregon Mental Health Services Department. He speaks at length about mismanagement of Mental Health Services, particularly at Fairview Hospital. He also talks about his brief time as acting director of Mental Health Services; the decertification and re-certification of Fairview Hospital; a state employee strike in the late 1980s; and personnel changes at the various state hospitals. He talks about the closure of Damasch Hospital; leaving the Mental Health Services Department; working as an administrator for the Oregon Health Plan; and returning to the Budget and Management Division. He speaks at length about political appointees he's worked with and other state departments he did projects for, particularly the Department of Motor Vehicles. He talks about his job duties leading up to his retirement in 2000. He closes the interview by talking about his retirement activities.
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Collection is open for research.
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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Michael S. Lincicum, by John P. Strassmaier, SR 11240, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Forms part of the Oregon Legislature Oral History Series.
Incomplete transcript (153 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.