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Video: Interview with Nan Hendricksen, Chair of the Clark County Board of Freeholders (17 minutes)
Video: Board of Clark County Freeholders (54 seconds)

In November 2013, voters elected five county residents from each of the three Clark County Commissioner districts to serve as the Board of Freeholders. The 15 residents were sworn in and held their first meeting as the Board of Freeholders Nov. 26, 2013.

Board members unanimously elected Nan Henriksen, former mayor of Camas, as chair. They elected Joe Zarelli, former state senator from Ridgefield, as vice chair and former state representative Val Ogden of Vancouver as secretary. After Freeholder Ogden’s death in April, the Board of Freeholders elected Dan Ogden to fill his wife’s unexpired term.

Between November and late May, the Board of Freeholders drafted a home rule charter specifying a form of government for Clark County. By state law, a charter cannot apply to the Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff’s Office or jurisdiction of Superior and District courts. Any proposed changes to the form or function of Clark County government must be within limits of the Washington State Constitution and federal laws.

The charter was approved by the board May 27, and will be placed on the ballot for Clark County voters in the Nov. 4 general election. A charter becomes law if approved by a simple majority of voters.

By law, the Board of Freeholders dissolved when the proposed charter was completed.
Please see the documents listed below for more information, including the proposed charter.






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