Bennett would resign from county job if he's appointed to commission

By Terri Harber April 26, 2013 08:43 am

By Terri Harber

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Mark Bennett said Thursday that he would resign from county employment if appointed to the Baker County Board of Commissioners.

He is one of nine people vying for the open seat on the Baker County Board of Commissioners. 

The other hopefuls are Roger Coles, Chris Dunn, Dick Fleming, Bill Harvey, Jeff Nelson, Jeff Petry, Terry Schumacher and Tom Van Diepen.

Carl Stiff resigned from the commission because of health problems.

Bennett is the county’s director of emergency management operations and its planning department.

He’s also the acting city manager of Unity. This responsibility came as a result of Unity, Bennett’s home, not having a functioning government. The commissioners have been serving as the community’s city council. 

Bennett said last week he’d be open to career changes that could become necessary if he’s chosen.

The commission opening is part-time and comes with an annual salary of $15,425. 

The chairmanship, now held by Fred Warner Jr., is a full-time position and pays $70,270.  

The amounts are based on the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. 

The Baker County Republican Central Committee will nominate three to five candidates to replace Stiff, a Republican who had been serving in that partisan office.

The committee is scheduled to convene May 1, during which time members will meet commission hopefuls and conduct balloting until finalists emerge.  

Warner and Commissioner Tim Kerns will meet with those finalists on May 8 and announce their choice for appointment either that same day or on May 15.