Friday, January 21, 2011

County P&Z is down by 1

Doug Werth resigns, leaving vacancy


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission now has an open seat, as three-term Commissioner Doug Werth has resigned.

"I've been there for six years, and it felt like time to move on," said Werth, an attorney based in Hailey.

Werth said he wasn't leaving because of any negative experience during his time on the commission, and that he's proud of the work the commission has done.

"My experience has been very positive," he said. "It's a unique position where you can be involved in your community."

Werth served for more than six years before tendering his resignation on Dec. 16. He was appointed to finish the unexpired term of former Commissioner Ron Taylor in April 2004. Werth's last term was set to expire in August 2012.

Tom Bergin, director of county Land Use and Building Services, said the county is seeking his replacement.

The county has received some interest in the position, Bergin said, but is still accepting applications. Residents of the county and any city except Ketchum are eligible. The Ketchum seat is currently filled by Commissioner Chip Bailey.

Bergin said Werth will be missed on the commission.

"He brought some humor, which was nice, but he also was well prepared, thoughtful and a critical thinker," he said.

The resignation was effective as of Dec. 16, and Werth said he would not continue to serve until a replacement could be found.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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