County Commission Chairman Don Lindly retires June 1st. By law, the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee (Lindly is a democrat) will conduct candidate interviews and forward the names of three to five persons it deems suitable for the job to the remaining two commissioners, Bill Hall and Terry Thompson. The Central Committee will conduct their interviews starting at 7pm, May 23rd, at the Central Lincoln PUD public room on north Coast Highway.
Then, on Monday, June 4th, at 1:30pm, Lincoln County Commissioners Terry Thompson and Bill Hall will re-interview those candidates and discuss their observations. The interview session is open to the public and to the news media, however no public testimony, comments or questions will be allowed. Commissioners Hall and Thompson may wait until the next weekly county commission meeting to announce their choice.
Whoever succeeds Don Lindly on the commission will serve out the remainder of his term which ends midnight, December 31, 2014. It means that if the replacement wants to earn the seat in their own right, they’ll have to run for election in the November General Election in 2014 and win.