Alan Unger graduated from Redmond schools and attended the University of Portland where he earned a degree in general science. He worked for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department as a corrections officer for several years and then returned to Redmond. Alan and a partner owned Redmond-based Central Oregon Paint Supply for approximately 15 years.
In 1993, Alan was appointed to the Redmond Area Planning Commission and continued until 2000 when he campaigned for Redmond City Council and was elected. In November of that year, he became mayor and continued to be re-elected until 2008 when he ran for Deschutes County Commissioner and won. Commissioner Unger was re-elected to office in 2012.