KENNEWICK — Seven individuals utilized to function Benton County sheriff for the following 1½ years.
The candidates looking for appointment to the place got here in after Sheriff Jerry Hatcher was overwhelmingly recalled in an Aug. 3 countywide election.
Since Hatcher was elected to the workplace as a Republican, it now could be as much as the Benton County Republican Celebration to decide on the highest three candidates to serve out the remainder of his time period.
The occasion’s central committee — consisting of about 120 precinct committee officers, or PCOs — are to fulfill Thursday evening to listen to from all seven candidates and vote.
As soon as finalized, the names of the highest three chosen by the occasion will probably be forwarded to the Benton County commissioners.
The fee will maintain its personal interviews of these candidates. It has till mid-October to nominate a sheriff, who will maintain the workplace by way of 2022.
Sheriff’s Commander Jon Legislation, a longtime Benton sheriff’s worker who supported the recall effort, was chosen to function the interim sheriff till somebody is appointed.
If the fee’s appointee needs to proceed as sheriff, the particular person must run for election in 2022.
Former state Rep. Invoice Jenkin, chairman of the Nominating Committee, instructed the Tri-Metropolis Herald they weren’t snug releasing the names of the candidates earlier than the assembly. Among the candidates shouldn’t have legislation enforcement expertise, however have management expertise, Jenkin mentioned.
Every candidate was requested how they might cope with the fractured division and low morale within the aftermath of Hatcher’s recall.
Hatcher had been the sheriff since Could 2017.
He grew to become the primary authorities official in Benton County to lose workplace in a recall election, and the primary elected sheriff in Washington state to be recalled by the voters.