County schedules next interview to fill commission vacancy
Cascade County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. to interview Vanessa Hayden for the commissioner vacancy.
Hayden was next on the list of candidates provided by the Cascade County Democratic Central Committee to replace Jane Weber, who’s resignation was effective Jan. 22.
Helena Lovick and Casey Schreiner had been on the list of three recommended for interviews by the committee, but both recently dropped out of consideration after being offered full time employment.
Commissioner Jim Larson said last week that they were awaiting advice from the County Attorney’s Office on how to proceed after Lovick dropped out.
Larson and Commissioner Joe Briggs interviewed Don Ryan on Jan. 25 for the position. They interviewed Amy Rapp on Jan. 28.
Names were forwarded to commissioners by the Cascade County Democratic Central Committee to replace Weber.
The committee met Jan. 7 to select three names, which are Casey Schreiner, Don Ryan and Helena Lovick, according to Carl Donovan, committee chairman. Since Schreiner dropped out, commissioners scheduled an interview with the next candidate on the list, which was Rapp.
Under state law, the commissioners must replace Weber, a Democrat, with someone from the Democratic party. The candidates must have resided in Weber’s district three for at least two years preceding the date of Weber’s retirement.
The remaining commissioners can choose one to appoint to her seat, but that person will have to run again in 2022 at the next general election and then again in 2024 to reinstate the district three seat cycle.
The candidates who submitted letters of interest to fill Weber’s seat, according to Donovan, are:
- Casey Schreiner
- Vanessa Hayden
- David Phillips
- Helena Lovick
- Don Ryan
- Amy Rapp
- Randall Knowles
The special meeting with be accessible via Zoom through the Cascade County website: www.cascadecountymt.gov. Contact the Commission Office at 454-6810 with any questions or register in advance for the meeting here.