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EWEB position goes vacant.

Byline: SCOTT MABEN The Register-Guard

Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioner Sandra Bishop moved into the at-large seat Tuesday night, creating a vacancy on the five-member board.

The board has up to 90 days to appoint a replacement to serve the rest of Bishop's term as the representative from Wards 6 and 7. The term runs through Dec. 31, 2004.

Bishop, a business lobbyist, was elected to the at-large position in May, defeating fellow Commissioner Peter Bartel. She chose to serve the balance of her previous term, through the end of 2002, rather than move into her new position after the May primary election.

Bartel resigned in early July, six months before his term ended. He had sought the at-large seat so he could remain on the board after city ward redistricting in 2001 left him living outside of his district.

Ron Farmer, a corporate banker with Bank of America, ran unopposed in the May primary to succeed Bartel as the Wards 4 and 5 representative. He joined the board early to finish out Bartel's term.

Paul Conte, meanwhile, recently finished a six-month term as the temporary at-large representative. Conte, a software developer, was appointed to serve the final months of the term of Susie Smith, who stepped down last March.

Smith, Springfield's environmental services manager, said she wanted to devote more time to other matters.

Conte said he counted his brief time on the board as good experience for a planned 2004 run for the board seat held by Patrick Lanning. Lanning, representing Wards 1 and 8, cannot run for re-election because redistricting also left him living outside his district.

However, he could run for the Wards 2 and 3 seat if it's vacated in 2004 by Commissioner Dorothy Anderson. Anderson has served on the board since 1990 and said Tuesday she doesn't plan to seek re-election in 2004.

Applicants for the current EWEB vacancy must live in Ward 6 or Ward 7, be a registered voter and have lived in Eugene for the past 12 months. They also must be able to attend evening board meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

EWEB commissioners are unpaid.

The application deadline is noon Feb. 7. Finalists will be selected Feb. 18 and the appointment is scheduled for March 4.

For an application, contact Krista Hince at 484-2411.

At Tuesday's board meeting, the board elected Lanning president and Farmer vice president for 2003.
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Title Annotation:Utility: Commissioner Bishop takes the at-large post, opening Wards 6, 7 representative position.; Utilities
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 8, 2003
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