Klamath County Clerk retiring

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.


KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.

When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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