The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District selected Rodney Roberts to fill the vacant board Position 1 seat on Tuesday. This is the second appointment this year; in February, Roberts temporarily filled the Position 5 seat left vacant by Alan Evans.

Roberts said, “I am thankful to have been chosen! I really believe in SEPRD. They provide a much needed service to the community.” He’s “looking forward to working with the board and staff at the district.”

Roberts was one of three candidates interviewed at the district’s Aug. 14 work session, along with Patrick Duhachek and Katharine Parker.

The Position 1 seat had been held by Veronica Russell, who stepped down in June.

SEPRD Executive Director Sklyer Archibald said, “I’m excited to work with Rodney again. It was nice to see so much interest from people about serving on the board, which can be a pretty thankless position.”

Close race

With a close race for Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District board director settled with a difference of only 2 percentage points between four candidates, a new board seat has become available.

Russell served as board secretary. Her term would have expired on June 30, 2021.

On June 6, the Clatsop County Board of Elections final results confirmed a win for John Chapman, who edged out Katharine Parker, Marti Wajc and Shirley Yates. Twenty-eight votes separated the four candidates.

Lindsey Morrison won the Position 5 race.

Morrison received 496 votes, to win with 41.75% of the vote. Patrick Duhachek and Rodney Roberts followed.

Chapman and Morrison were sworn in at the July meeting.

Along with Chapman and Morrison, Jeremy Mills and Michael Hinton fill the other two board seats. Their terms expire in 2021.

A former sheriff, Roberts is now retired.

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