May 3, 2018 10:30 a.m.
Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif will leave his current role and become a member of the Oregon State Legislature next Wednesday.
Leif told News Radio 1240 KQEN that his last day as a commissioner will be on Tuesday. His swearing in ceremony will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson will perform the ceremony.
Leif was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Dallas Heard when he recently moved to the Oregon State Senate. Leif will fill the seat for the rest of this year, and is a candidate for the position in the May Primary Election. Presuming that Leif wins the GOP primary, he will face Meagan Salter in November. She is the only Democratic candidate running for the office.
Dallas Heard’s name is also on the GOP primary ballot, as it was too late to have it removed when his transition to the Oregon State Senate began. Heard has endorsed Leif in that race.
Now County Commissioners Tim Freeman and Chris Boice will have to find a new commissioner. Freeman has told News Radio 1240 KQEN details about the process will be announced soon.