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Governor to choose new commissioner

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Applications going to Guinn

By Joey Crandall

Tribune News Service

MINDEN – The decision as to who will replace Steve Weissinger on the Douglas County Commission is now in Gov. Kenny Guinn’s hands.

Commissioners set a Tuesday evening deadline for all applications coming through the county. At least 10 have applied for the post.

Weissinger’s seat officially becomes vacant Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. County Clerk Barbara Reed must then notify the Secretary of State of the vacancy.

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Guinn is to appoint a new commissioner once the vacancy has been certified.

“He will take interviews with finalists and try to make the best selection for Douglas County,” said Guinn’s spokesman Greg Bortolin. There is no set timetable for when the appointment will be made.

“Sometimes they are made very quickly and sometimes it takes a little longer,” Bortolin said.

According to state law, the appointee must be of the same political affiliation as the outgoing commissioner, Weissinger is a Republican, and the appointee must have lived in the same district – the Gardnerville Ranchos – for at least 30 days.

The Commission accepted Weissinger’s letter of resignation earlier this month after he pleaded no contest to charges of embezzlement from his former employer, Raley’s supermarket in Stateline.

The applicants are:

n Elaine Agnason, a 24-year Gardnerville Ranchos resident. She is currently a worker’s compensation underwriter for ProGroup Management.

n Col. James L. Baushke, a three-year Ranchos resident and retired Air Force civil engineer.

n Robert Colescott, shift manager at the Harrah’s/Harveys security department and 13-year resident of Gardnerville. He’s been with the Stateline casino for 22 years.

n Gail Davenport, a 12-year Gardnerville resident, Realtor and business owner.

n Wayne Davis, a retired engineer who has lived in the Gardnerville Ranchos since 1998.

n Terry Faff, a Gardnerville Ranchos resident since 1997 who regularly attends county board meetings. He is self-employed.

n Linda Gilkerson, a Gardnerville resident and homemaker since 1992. She previously worked for a large Houston publishing company in teaching and marketing.

n Robert Havranek, a retired pharmacist, patent attorney and 12-year Douglas County resident.

n Rustan Osborn, a 14-year Gardnerville Ranchos resident, business owner and church board member.

n Al Wagner, a 23-year Gardnerville Ranchos resident, who has served on the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District for 13 years.