Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG) is a nonpartisan civic organization that promotes, encourages, and advocates for good local governance, and works to educate the citizenry and those who seek and hold public office in the principles and practices of good governance.



CRG seeks to develop and implement a broad, long-term approach for engaging citizens and our elected and appointed government officials in an ongoing dialogue about good governance.



Local governmental institutions in Josephine County are to serve the needs and interests of the entire community through established best practices of good governance. These practices are rooted in honesty, integrity, accessibility, inclusiveness, transparency, equity, diversity, competence, and accountability.  Good government leadership relies on factual information and reason, practices ethical behavior, and respects the rule of law.

Our Team

We are Republicans, Democrats, other smaller Parties and Non-Affiliated voters.

As we strive to have non-partisan government, we reflect the same in our organization.

Meet CRG's founders:

James Gower

Twelve years ago my wife and I chose Josephine County for our retirement.  As the years went by I became concerned about the future of the County.  The economy was slowing down and it became obvious that the leadership vision was 35+ years in the past.  I joined this diverse group of concerned citizens with the goal of turning the County’s economy and future around. A new Charter, that serves all our citizens, is the first and most urgent step.

Jane Slama

I live on two and a quarter acres south of Grants Pass city limits, in the Applegate watershed, having returned to Josephine County five years ago from a long sojourn south of the Oregon border. 

I am a petitioner on this initiative because I strongly believe that in order for county government to best represent its residents and address the county’s pressing issues, elected positions need to remain nonpartisan and free from rigid ideologies that cause narrow, ineffective responses to complex issues. Needed too is a larger, more diverse board of commissioners who can give greater representation for residents and their respective districts.

Jean Ann Miles

Jean Ann’s parents moved to Cave Junction in 1996, and after several trips a year she and her husband John fell in love with the small town charm and natural beauty of Josephine County.  In 2011, she retired from a career of teaching first grade and made the move.  John soon got a job working nights, so to keep herself busy, she began attending cave junction city council meetings.  Because of her regular attendance, she was appointed to the Council in 2017, and reelected in 2018 and 2022.  Through her City Council experience, she is acutely aware of how decisions of the board of county commissioners affect the daily lives of the residents of the outlying areas of Josephine County.  She has been involved in several county committees to represent the citizens of Cave Junction and surrounding areas, most recently on the charter review commission.  Recognizing that the proposed charter would disenfranchise independent and nonaffiliated voters in the primaries, as well as continue to keep power in the hands of a few, she boldly was the single no vote for the charter revision.  She is a non-affiliated voter and views the partisanship in Washington DC and Salem as detrimental to the best interest of the average guy on the street.  Her goal is to allow the people of Josephine County to be more evenly represented by dividing the County into districts so each area, Illinois Valley, Hidden Valley, North Valley, and Grants Pass have proportionate representation, and all voters will be able to vote for their choice of commissioner for their local district.