Wenatchee — Chelan County commissioners on Monday appointed Chief Deputy Auditor Skip Moore as acting auditor until they can choose a replacement for longtime Auditor Evelyn Arnold, who officially resigned her post Monday.
Arnold stepped down just short of her 20th year in office — and a week before the November general election — to take a job as superintendent of elections for King County. She has been working in both King County and Chelan County for the last three weeks.
Her current four-year term does not expire until the end of 2010, so commissioners will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of her term. The Chelan County Republican Party will solicit applications, because Arnold was a Republican, and submit three nominations to commissioners for the appointment.
Moore will serve as acting auditor until the commissioners make the appointment. He said he also plans to submit an application to the Republican Party to be named Arnold’s permanent replacement.
Chelan County Republic Chairwoman Fredi Simpson said they will accept letters from interested candidates until Nov. 13. The applicants must have a working knowledge of city or county government, vehicle registration and licensing, mortgage and deed recording, public documents recording, accounts payable and payroll, and all aspects of elections, she said. They must also be a registered voter in Chelan County and a Republican.
Applications can be sent to P.O. Box 764, Wenatchee, Attn: Auditor selection committee.
Party officials will interview candidates and submit their recommendations to commissioners by Nov. 19.
County commissioners plan to interview the finalists on Nov. 23 and appoint a replacement on Nov. 24.
Simpson said she had to wait until Arnold resigned to start the search for her replacement. Arnold took a leave of absence from her auditor job to start work in King County, but was waiting for the King County Council to approve her hire before resigning. She was confirmed by the council last week.
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