As many as eight individuals have expressed interest in being appointed Lewis County clerk, as the elected official holding the position is retiring before her four-year term ends.
Kathy Brack's last day is tomorrow. Her chief deputy clerk Lisa Conzatti will take over as interim county clerk.
Brack spoke at a recent farewell gathering held in her honor at the Historic Lewis County Courthouse.
The 65-year-old Toledo resident has been under treatment for cancer and made good on a promise to her spouse.
"I told my husband if my last doctor's appointment came clean, then I would retire," Brack said.
The Lewis County clerk serves as the official record keeper for the Lewis County Superior Court. The office on the second floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis has 15 employees.
Brack's retirement brings to an end 44 years of public service. She was the Lewis County District Court administrator beginning in 1972, and then in 1986 took over the same position in Cowlitz County District Court.
In 2002, the Republican ran against the incumbent Lewis County clerk, and won, running unopposed three times since then.
Because her term hasn't ended, the Lewis County Board of Commissioners will select a replacement, who will have to run for the office in a Nov. 2017 special election if they want to continue. And then run again in Nov. 2018 for a normal four-year term.
The commissioners will have a slate of three candidates to choose from, names given to them by the Lewis County Republican party, since the outgoing clerk is a Republican.
Local party Chairman Mark Anders said today he's got six people on his list who have expressed interest and he's happy to share information about the steps to being considered to anyone who is interested.
"This is a political process. It's a partisan position," Anders said. "One thing the precinct committee officers will be looking at is we want to elect someone, get someone appointed, that could win that seat and hold that seat as a Republican.
"It's not just this is the best, most qualified person for the job, though we want that too" Anders added.
Anders said there are 45 to 50 precinct committee officers who will come together on a Saturday not yet selected in October to make nominations, hear from the nominees and choose three potential appointees.