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Rawson, Wilson complete fair board

New members fill vacancies opened during the summer

— After overcoming a mid-summer controversy that resulted in the resignation of one board member and the removal of another, the Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board is once again complete.

Monica Rawson of Malott and Justin Wilson were appointed Nov. 4 by county commissioners to fill the two board vacancies.

“I saw that there was a need, and my kids have been involved at the fair for years,” Rawson said, noting that her son and daughter show pigs. “I’m just hoping to bring what knowledge I have in terms of living in this community with my kids and serve the public as best I can.”

Wilson could not be reached for comment, but board President Gwen Whitley has said Wilson is one of the county fair’s regular volunteers.

“I appreciate their interest and the time they will donate in serving on the Parks and Rec Board,” Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy said. “I look forward to working with them, their ideas and their work values as they join the Parks and Rec Board members.”

Rawson, 40, has previously served as president of two boards: Friends of the Plex and The Children’s House in Omak.

Rawson and Wilson were selected from a pool of four candidates and recommended by the Parks and Recreation Board, better known as the fair board.

The other two candidates were Dave Yarnell and Shonta Wood.

“I think that they’ll be good board members,” Whitley said of Rawson and Wilson. “Any one of the four I think would have been good board members. As I told Sheilah, I wish we could have had them all.”

The county looked into it, but found that state law mandates there can be only seven members and no alternates, Kennedy said.

Instead, Whitley said she hopes to recruit Yarnell and Wood into helping on one or two of the board’s eight sub-committees. The committees address finances, personnel, the fair rule book, advertising, facilities and more.

The board meets at 7 p.m. every second Wednesday of each month at the fair office, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.

Rawson and Wilson are replacing Maurice Goodall and James McCuen.

Goodall resigned following the June 12 meeting when an argument broke out between the board and several community members over new rules for tagging livestock to be shown at the fair.

The next week, the county commissioners removed McCuen at the request of the other board members, who said he had used profanity and launched verbal attacks at the board during the meeting.

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