Clark Kissack (right) stands with County Commissioner Matt Avery and Kevin Geis while taking a tour of the Garner Lake Extension Project earlier this year
Clark Kissack announced early this morning that he is stepping down from the Campbell County Board of Commissioners.
The announcement was officially made at 12:30 p.m., accompanied by a simple statement from Kissack that says “I am resigning my seat as a Campbell County Commissioner effective today, October 29, 2018.”
Specific reasons for his resignation were not provided and Kissack did not respond to phone calls requesting comment as of press time.
Kissack was first elected as a county commissioner in 2016. If not for his resignation, he would have been up for re-election in 2020.
Commission chair Mark Christensen said that he did not want to speculate on the reasons surrounding Kissack’s resignation, adding “I don’t know what his reasons are, but I do know he’s very busy.”
Kissack’s resignation will not affect or impair the upcoming election; however, it does signal the start of a process to find a suitable replacement, which must be finalized within 40 days of the official notice.
Official notice has not yet been given; a letter to the chairman of the Campbell County Republican Party Central Committee, currently Vicki Kissack, still needs to be signed and sent by Christensen.
In accordance with Wyoming Statute 18-3-524, Christensen has 20 days to send official notice of Kissack’s resignation. The county central committee then has 20 days to select and interview three candidates to present to the commissioners.
Vicki, Kissack’s wife, declined to offer an insight into how her husband’s resignation will affect her decision when interviewing and selecting candidates.
“I haven’t received official notice yet,” she said. “Until that happens, I’m not providing comment.”
Christensen said that he expects to have the official notice signed either today or by tomorrow, at the latest.
Once the county receives the three candidate’s names, the commissioners will conduct their own interviews and select one to join their ranks. Although, becoming one of the three could be easier said than done.
Kissack’s resignation creates an opportunity rarely seen in Campbell County; Christensen said that the resignation of a county commissioner has not happened for quite some time. He suspects the now-vacant seat to be widely, and competitively, sought after.
“Those seats don’t come available very often,” Christensen explained.
Kissack’s seat is not subject to the current election cycle, which means that any county resident that wants it will not have to campaign for it.
Any resident that is appointed will fulfill the time remaining on Kissack’s term until the elections in 2020, at which point they will have to seek re-election if they wish to continue as a commissioner.
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