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Video: Interview with Nan Hendricksen, Chair of the Clark County Board of Freeholders (17 minutes)
Video: Board of Clark County Freeholders (54 seconds)

The 15 county residents elected as nonpartisan freeholders were sworn in and held their first meeting as the Board of Freeholders Nov. 26.

Board members unanimously elected Nan Henriksen, former mayor of Camas, as chair. They elected Joe Zarelli, former state senator from Ridgefield, as vice chair and former state representative Val Ogden of Vancouver as secretary.

The Board of Freeholders will draft a home rule charter specifying a form of government for Clark County. By state law, the charter cannot apply to the Prosecuting Attorney or jurisdiction of Superior and District courts. Any proposed changes to the form or function of Clark County government must be within limits of the Washington State Constitution and federal laws.

Once a proposed charter is completed, it will be placed on the ballot for Clark County voters. A charter becomes law if approved by a simple majority of voters.

The Board of Freeholders will dissolve when a proposed charter is completed or on Dec. 31, 2014, whichever comes first.

The Board of Freeholders adopted a meeting schedule with the goal of placing a proposed charter on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.


District 1 District 2 District 3
Garry E. Lucas Nan Henriksen, Chair Pat Jollota
Ann Rivers Tracy S. Wilson Val Ogden, Secretary
Joseph Zarelli, Vice Chair Liz Pike Jim Moeller
Peter Silliman Paul Dennis Temple Lentz
Randy Mueller Marc Boldt Jim Mains




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