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Applications for vacated county commission seat go to Guinn

by Joey Crandall, Staff Writer

The decision as to who will replace Steve Weissinger on the Douglas County Commission is now in Governor Kenny Guinn’s hands.

County Commissioners set a Tuesday evening deadline for all applications coming through the county. As of the R-C press time, 12 applications had been filed, but two withdrew.

Weissinger’s seat officially becomes vacant Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. County Clerk Barbara Reed must then notify the Secretary of State of the vacancy.

Guinn is to appoint a new commissioner once the vacancy has been certified.

“He will take interviews with finalists and try to make the best selection for Douglas County,” said Greg Bortolin, director of communications and press secretary for the governor’s office.

Bortolin said there is no set time-table for when the appointment will be made.

“Sometimes they are made very quickly and sometimes it takes a little longer,” he said.

According to state law, the appointee must be of the same political affiliation as the outgoing commissioner, Weissinger is a Republican, and the appointee must have lived in the same district — the Gardnerville Ranchos — for at least 30 days.

The Commission accepted Weissinger’s letter of resignation earlier this month after he pleaded no contest to charges of embezzlement from his former employer, Raley’s supermarket in Stateline.

Of the 12 applicants that sent letters of intent to the county, four applied directly to the governor as well. While applications will no longer be accepted by the county, the governor’s office will still be accepting applications.

The 10 remaining applicants are:

– Elaine Agnason, a 24-year Ranchos resident and past president of both the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority and Soroptomist International of Carson Valley.

She has served as the secretary/treasurer of the Carson Valley Eldercare Coalition and as president of the Nevada American Softball Association. She also served on the boards for Family Support Council, Douglas County Parks & Recreation, and County Rural Transportation and volunteered as a driver for students against drunk driving.

She is currently a workers compensation underwriter for ProGroup Management.

– Col. James L. Baushke, a three-year Ranchos resident and retired Air Force civil engineer.

Baushke holds a commercial pilot certificate and has been involved in Civil Air Patrol.

– Robert Colescott, shift manager at the Harrah’s/Harveys security department and 13-year resident of the Ranchos.

He’s been with the stateline casinos for 22 years.

– Gail Davenport, a 12-year Gardnerville resident who co-owns Davenport Landscape, with her husband. She has participated in the redevelopment process and holds real estate licenses in both California and Nevada.

– Wayne Davis, a retired engineer who has lived in the Ranchos since 1998.

Davis worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale, Calif. for 18 years and was a group engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope project. He is the vice-president of Carson Valley Sertoma.

– Terry Faff, a Ranchos resident since 1997 who regularly attends county board meetings. He is self-employed.

– Linda Gilkerson, a Gardnerville resident since 1992, is actively involved in Stand Tall Don’t Fall and Teens Against Tobacco Use.

She was the president of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Scarselli Elementary last year and is the parent representative for Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School’s school improvement plan. She also served on a Family Action Team with Assistant Superintendent Roy Casey.

She is a self-described stay-at-home mom by choice, but previously worked for a large Houston publishing company in teaching and marketing.

– Robert Havranek, a retired pharmacist, patent attorney and 12-year Douglas County resident.

He was the president and co-founder of the Pleasantview Homeowners Association for seven years.

– Rustan Osborn, a 14-year Ranchos resident who recently completed a three-year tenure on the Carson Valley United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.

He is a Minden business owner and a member of the Gardnerville Kiwanis.

– Al Wagner, a 23-year Ranchos resident, who has served on the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District for 13 years.

Gary Wittig, an internet businessman, withdrew his name after he found out his property lies just barely out of District 1. Kathryn Oetting, an assembly attache for State Assemblyman Josh Griffin, withdrew her name for personal reasons.

The commission said in early December that it would not be making a recommendation as a board.

– Joey Crandall can be reached at or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.