By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Curry County commissioners appointed Richard Heap and Kenneth Range to the Port of Brookings Harbor Board of Commissioners Wednesday during a special meeting.

Heap said, “We need to get things stabilized and then move forward.”

Heap has often reported to port commissioners regarding fishing regulations and seasons in his role as a member of the Oregon South Coast Fishermen.

He worked in wildlife management 33 years with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and said he wanted to work as a port commissioner to ensure the port was well managed, properly maintained and updated and that port staff felt secure in their jobs and fulfilled by their work at the port.

Range offers his services as a full-time resident and user of port facilities. He said he has many years of experience at the port as a recreational boat owner and inspector.

“I believe we need a port commission that represents the interests of both commercial and recreational fishing and provides support and clear direction to the port manager, as well as keeping the public informed regarding long-term plans for the port,” he said.

The recall of former commissioners Jan Barbas and Angi Christian necessitated appointments by the BOC because the port board no longer had a quorum of three.

Former port commissioners Andy Martin and Roger Thompson resigned prior to the recall, leaving the board with only one sitting member — Roy Davis.

Curry County Commission Chair Sue Gold read the certification of the recall election before the board addressed the appointments.

The recall was certified Wednesday morning, according to Chief County Deputy Clerk Shelley Denney.

Davis said he looked forward to working as a team with whomever the commissioners appointed, and thanked them for their willingness to apply.

Each candidate spoke for three minutes before the county commissioners ranked each on a scale of 1 to 9. The rankings were tallied by County Administrator Clark Schroeder and certified and reported to Gold by County Attorney John Huttl.

Prior to voting, all three county commissioners made it clear they were happy with all of the candidates and noted that two more port commissioners would be appointed by the port board at a later meeting.

Huttl said even if a candidate was not chosen Wednesday, they still had another opportunity.

County Commissioner Court Boice said Wednesday marked a new day for the port.

Davis confirmed the port board will hold a special meeting Friday 6 p.m. at the old port office to appoint two more port commissioners. He encouraged the public to attend.

According to the port’s website, its next regular and budget meeting is June 19 at the Harbor Fire/Harbor Water District PUD at 6 p.m.

A full board should be in place at that time.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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