Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath County’s top elections official has announced her retirement.
Linda Smith was elected to Klamath County Clerk in 1999.
“It was just starting vote by mail when I got there.” Recalls Smith. “But election equipment, and those processes, and the laws, and the directives have all changed.”
While viewers are used to seeing Smith during elections, a clerk has many other duties, including recording property records.
“If you’re trying to close on a house, you’re wanting us to get things recorded quickly for you, so that you can get your keys and move in.” Explains Smith, adding: “We do marriage licenses, we process passports.”
Smith says the county commissioners will appoint her replacement. “Whoever is appointed, or anyone else would need to run next year.”
Smith says she’s leaving her plans for retirement open. “Lots of adventures. I don’t know exactly what, but my boat, kayaks, bicycles, roller blades, and my hammock are all waiting for me.”
April 30th will be Smith’s last day on the job.
The Klamath County Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the application process during their weekly administrative meeting.