SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Board of Commissioners are beginning the process of replacing Jon Kaino, who resigned his position as commissioner from district two May 31. The county has 60 days, or until July 30, to appoint a new commissioner or the Governor will make the selection.

    The county’s Democratic Party will give the present commissioners, Lisa Ayers and Bud Cuffel, a list of up to three names and then one person will be selected to finish out Kaino’s term, which is up Dec. 31, 2012. Cuffel has announced his retirement, so both district one and two seats are currently up for re-election.

    All elected officials except the sheriff and prosecutor earn over $56,000 per year. The newly appointed commissioner’s salary will be pro-rated.

    Three Democrats — Steve Rogers, Warren Cowell and Bill Hermans — and Republican Scott McDougall are running to replace Kaino in the Aug. 7 primary. County Democrats aren’t obliged to nominate any of the three, but can give them a head start if they wish.

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