The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has selected nine people to serve on the county charter review committee.

The county’s home rule charter requires a committee of at least five residents to review the founding document every four years, though the last review was in 2008. The charter dictates the county’s governance structure, from how many county commissioners there are to whether they are full-time or part-time.

County counsel Doug Olsen said several people submitted applications, and the county limited the committee to nine. He said the group represents different communities and areas of the county. The board of commissioners Wednesday morning in Pendleton voted 3-0 to appoint the following to serve on the committee:

• Sally Anderson Hansell of Hermiston;

• Jerry Baker of Athena;

• Genna Banica of Pendleton;

• Daniel Dorran of Hermiston;

• Mark Gomolski of Hermiston;

• Michele Grable of Pendleton;

• Jennifer McClure Spurgeon of Weston;

• Donald Miller of Milton-Freewater;

• and Kim Puzey of Hermiston.

The new committee has until July 2019 to make recommendations for possible changes to the charter. The board of commissioners gets to say whether those recommendations end up on a ballot for county citizens to decide.

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