Process to pick new official eyed

County Republicans will announce Monday how they'll find a replacement for Gregg Loney.

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WALLA WALLA -- The process that will be used to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming resignation of a Walla Walla County commissioner will be announced Monday.

The executive committee of the Walla Walla County Republican Central Committee will discuss the procedure to replace the Commissioner Gregg Loney, who will resign the Position 1 seat on the board effective April 30.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal.

In a press release, party officials said the selection process will be chaired by party Vice Chairwoman Sheryl Cox. Chairman Jim Johnson said he has removed himself from the selection process because he plans to submit his name for consideration.

Officials said Wednesday details are still being completed.

Loney on Feb. 13 announced his plans to resign, citing stress-related health problems.

Loney took office in 2005 after winning the seat in the 2004 general election. He replaced Pam Ray, who had retired.

According to the state Constitution, the party's central committee will nominate three candidates to commissioners, who will chose one to fill Loney's vacant seat until a successor is chosen in the November general election.

The nominees must come from Loney's county commission district and must belong to the Republican Party.

If the two remaining commissioners on the board, Greg Tompkins and Perry Dozier, cannot agree on an appointment within 60 days after the Position 1 seat becomes vacant, the responsibility will shift to the governor, who will have 30 days to choose.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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