PREBLE COUNTY — Nine people have applied to fill the Preble County Commission seat which was vacated when former commissioner Rodney Creech won the election for state representative of the 43rd District in November.
Creech officially resigned his commission seat on Jan. 1, 2021.
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 305.02, the Preble County Republican Party Central Committee has scheduled a public meeting to fill the unexpired term, on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
The meeting will take place at Twin Valley South High School at 6:30 p.m.
CDC guidelines will be followed with social distancing and face masks being mandatory.
The nine individuals who have applied for the position are Rusty Anderson, Chris Day, David Haber, Jane Marshall, David Maynard, Harold Niehaus, Joe Renner, Denise Robertson and Robert Wood.
According to the ORC, if a vacancy in the office of county commissioner occurs more than forty days before the next general election for state and county officers, a successor shall be elected at such election for the unexpired term unless such term expires within one year immediately following the date of such general election.
In either event, the vacancy shall be filled as provided in this section and the appointee shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualified.
The ORC states, if there is a vacancy in any of the offices named, the county central committee of the political party which nominated the last occupant of the office as a candidate for that office for the current term shall appoint a person to hold the office and to perform the duties thereof until a successor is elected and has qualified.
An exception exists if such vacancy occurs because of the death, resignation, or inability to take the office of an officer-elect whose term has not yet begun, an appointment to take such office at the beginning of the term shall be made by the central committee of the political party that nominated the officer-elect as a candidate for that office for that term.
According to ORC, not less than five nor more than forty-five days after a vacancy occurs, the county central committee shall meet for the purpose of making an appointment under this section.
The ORC goes on to say that a majority of the members of the central committee present at such meeting may make the appointment.
Appointments made under this section shall be certified by the appointing county central committee or by the board of county commissioners to the county board of elections and to the secretary of state, and the persons so appointed and certified shall be entitled to all remuneration provided by law for the offices to which they are appointed.
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