Vale’s former city manager has been selected to fill former Rep. Cliff Bentz’s seat in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Lynn Findley, who worked for the Bureau of Land Management before the city of Vale, was chosen Jan. 25 in Ontario by county commissioners from the five counties in House District 60: Grant, Baker, Malheur, Harney and Lake. Grant County Judge Scott Myers said the vote was unanimous.
Findley was selected from a pool of three candidates nominated by Republican precinct committee persons from the counties. Myers said Dennis Hall of Vale and Tom Van Diepen of Baker City were also nominated.
Bentz of Ontario was selected in a similar process to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Ted Ferrioli, who was appointed to the Northwest Power Planning & Conservation Council. Bentz was sworn in as a senator Jan. 8.
It has not been announced when Findley will be sworn in as a representative. The short, 35-day Legislative session begins Feb. 5.