The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday narrowed a field of seven applicants for an interim spot on the board to two finalists — Tim Allen and Christine Goodwin.
The winner will temporarily replace Gary Leif, who is currently serving as the interim representative for state House District 2. The appointee will fill the seat until the end of the year. In January, the winner of a November county commissioner election will take over and serve for four years.
Allen is the owner of Tim Allen Equipment in Roseburg and a member of the city of Roseburg Economic Development Commission. He’s also a past president and treasurer of the Oregon chapter of the American Rental Association, past member of The Partnership for Economic Development and a past president of Think Local Umpqua.
Goodwin was named Myrtle Creek’s Woman of the Year in 2008. She is the owner of SOCO Coffee in Myrtle Creek. She is a former Roseburg High School teacher and coach and opened a fitness club in Myrtle Creek. Goodwin serves on the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board and has served on the Community Cancer Center Board and the South Umpqua School Board.
Three people who applied for the interim post are also candidates in the November election. All three — Roseburg City Councilor Ashley Hicks, U.S. Army veteran Dan Loomis and U.S. Navy veteran Richard Vander Velden — were passed over for the interim appointment.
Others passed over for the interim post were doctor Steven Blum and John Hunter, a vocal critic of the commission, particularly on environmental issues.
Commissioners Chris Boice and Tim Freeman praised the applicants and the presentations they made to the commissioners at a special meeting last week.
“There was really good presentations by those people that came, and the decision was not easy,” Freeman said.
Boice said there were others besides Allen and Goodwin who did “an exceptional job” during their presentations; however, he did not favor selecting an applicant who is also running in the November election.
“That potentially gives a person an opportunity to run in their first election as an incumbent,” he said. Boice said that would give the appointee an unfair advantage.
The next step will be for commissioners to interview the finalists. They’re expected to select the winner of the seat Sept. 19.