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News-Times Whidbey Living: Pokeman kids heads to nationals. A11 WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 | Vol. 114, No. 41 | | 75¢ Co. planner job offered to Oregon candidate By JUSTIN BURNETT Staff reporter An Oregon planning director was offered the job of Island County planning chief Monday. David Wechner, head of the Josephine County Planning Department, was unanimously selected for the job by the Island County Board of Commissioners during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Wechner was offered the job Monday afternoon but asked the commissioners for 24 hours to make a decision on whether to accept it. He declined an interview with the Whidbey News-Times until he accepted the position and a contract is in place. “I’m pleased that we have someone with Dave’s experience who has expressed interest in this position,” said Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, who made the motion to offer Wechner the job. “I think he’ll be well matched with our county and with our community and I’m really looking forward to his great success.” Commissioner Jill Johnson said she shares those “sentiments.” Johnson added that she didn’t know what expect from the selection process and was happy with the “quality” of the applicants. “We had a lot of viable choices and I’m excited where we ended up on this,” Johnson said. “I think this will be a good hire for Island County.” “I’m hopeful that he will accept.” Wechner would replace Bob Pederson, who resigned in March. According to data from the 2010 U.S. Census, Josephine See Job offer, AXX The heir apparent Gibbon on track to succeed Schulte as OH superintendent By Ron Newberry Staff reporter Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times Superintendent candidate Lance Gibbon presented his vision for the Oak Harbor School District Monday night at the district administration building. Gibbon is expected to be named as Rick Schulte’s successor May 28. survey. Although the board cannot officially make a decision until a public vote by members at its next school board meeting on May 28, Wallin said that board sentiments are strong toward Gibbon, who’s shadowed Schulte and served as assistant superintendent of the school district for the past six years. Wallin said that Gibbon has shown a fiscally conservative approach and impeccable integrity just like his mentor. “He’s been able to pick up the budget quickly,” Wallin said. “He has good people skills. He’s shown a lot of savvy.” Wallin said the school board began evaluating Gibbon as a candidate to lead the district three years ago when they first learned Seeheir apparent, A14 FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS Est 1991 830 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA 360-679-3700 Tues-Fri 11-5:30 Saturday 10-5 22 years at the same location YOUR LOCAL GOLD BUYER We Buy Gold, Silver, Coins, Diamonds, & Estate Jewelry FREE $20 Gas Card FREE $100 minimum with our purchase of your jewelry. FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS With a solid foundation in place and a groundswell of positive momentum, Lance Gibbon is interested in continuing to build on the successes he’s seen take place around him in the Oak Harbor School District. It appears he will get that chance. Gibbon spoke before an overflow crowd of more than 100 at the Oak Harbor School District office Monday night, sharing his vision for the Oak Harbor schools should he be chosen as the school district’s next superintendent. Gary Wallin, president of the Oak Harbor School Board, said Tuesday that all indications point to Gibbon being named as Rick Schulte’s successor. The school board met for two hours in executive session following Monday night’s public forum and weighed in on community input they heard from earlier in the evening and through nearly 200 responses to an online

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