At least eight voters in Okanogan County Fire District 6 received ballots that did not include the race for Position 2 on the district’s board of commissioners, between Darold Brandenburg and Ken Doran. County Auditor Cari Hall said in a press release issued Tuesday (Oct. 22) the mistake was the result of a technical problem […]
Okanogan County Auditor
“Last week was a little bit hard — I got emotional a few times,” said Laurie Thomas, who retired at the end of December after more than 31 years with the Okanogan County auditor’s office, the last 12 as the county’s elected auditor. “I’ve had a lot of fun. I loved my job.”
In some ways, being an effective auditor means you’re kind of overlooked, said Thomas. “I’ve always felt that, if we do our job well, we’re basically invisible. If we don’t, we’re front-page news,” she said. “And if they’re election issues, we’re national front-page news. Fortunately, we never were — under my watch.”
ne candidate for the Okanogan County Auditor position works in that office now and is hoping to move up. The other used to work for the auditor’s office and wants to return as the top administrator.
Cari Hall and Randy Gates both have deep roots in the community and are known to a lot of county residents — more so on the east side of the Loup. Both are running as Republicans. Each points to their experience as a major advantage in the contest. The winner will replace Laurie Thomas, who is retiring.