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After mix-up, county study panel now has its 11 elected members



Published: Wed, December 19, 2007 @ 2:00 a.m.

The board will meet again Jan. 9.

By LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — It looks like Donald Currie and Dwayne Evans will be part of Lawrence County’s government study commission after all.

Both men did not respond to mailed inquiries from the Lawrence County elections office after running successful write-in campaigns for the 11-member commission, and their positions were declared vacant by election officials.

Evans, who appeared at the group’s first meeting Tuesday night, said he did not receive anything in the mail concerning the election, but wants to serve on the board.

Voters in the Nov. 6 general election agreed to form an 11-member commission charged with studying county government and possibly recommending changes.

Currie also expressed an interest in serving, said Dave Kennaday, another commission member. Currie could not attend the initial meeting of the group because of a work commitment.

Board members present at the first meeting of the study commission indicated they would formally appoint the two to serve. They did not act Tuesday because one commission member, Loretta Hogans, was not present.

The group also delayed appointing a chairman until the full 11 members were present.

The board decided its next meeting would be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Lawrence County Government Center.

The group has nine months to determine if it will recommend a change in government.

The board intends to ask members of the previous government study commission to speak about the process used five years ago when county government was studied.

County voters ultimately rejected that group’s recommendation that the county disband its current system with three elected county commissioners and elected row officers in favor of a county council and an appointed county manager.

cioffi@vindy.com


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