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Here's a look at the seven finalists to replace Nikki Whitty on the Coos County Board of Commissioners. A selection panel will begin interviewing them at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Owen Building Conference Room, 201 N. Adams St., Coquille.

Melissa Cribbins, Coquille

Occupation: Attorney, Coquille Indian Tribe

Education: BS biology and biochemistry 1994; JD 2006

From her cover letter: 'I am a practicing attorney, and I am very involved in our local community. My husband and I own a small business. My parents owned a business in Coquille, and my mother is still a local small business owner. I understand the importance of selling our timber as a value added product, and not as raw materials to foreign nations.

Other experience: Current vice chairwoman, Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board.

William Delimont, North Bend

Occupation: President, Silvae Magellan Co. (forest products management)

Education: BS Forestry, Humboldt State University; MBA, Portland State University

From his cover letter: 'My interest is to be part of a renascence of Coos County and its communities. The renascence should include (a) support and expansion of existing industry and resource production; (b) increasing development and maintenance of new and existing port projects; (c) recruitment of new businesses that dovetail with existing business or create new types of domestic and international business."

Other experience: Forestry manager for several international corporations.

Angela Guernsey, North Bend

Occupation: Deputy treasurer/business operations manager, Coos County

Education: AA business administration/accounting, Modesto Junior College

From her cover letter: 'I have over 25 years of management, accounting, human resources, and budget experience. I am very well versed in the Coos County financial system."

Other experience: Administrative manager for Lowe's; administrative aide, Coos County Assessor's Office.

Mark Hodgins, North Bend

Occupation: Vice president of marketing and co-owner, Dent Breakaway Industries (highway safety products); real estate broker, E.L. Edwards Realty II

Education: Studied business law, University of Alaska and Kenai Peninsula Community College

From his cover letter: 'My private sector enterprise knowledge is very strong as the owner, operator and manager of several small businesses over the course of 30 years."

Other experience: Elected to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly; elected to Alaska State Legislature; chairman of Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District; chairman of Oil and Gas Committee, Alaska Legislature.

Jody McCaffree, North Bend

Occupation: Volunteer executive director, Citizens Against LNG; co-owner, McCaffree Electric

Education: Studied business, medical terminology and accounting, South-western Oregon Community College.

From her cover letter: 'My resume should testify to my ability to see through issues based on research and expertise which has allowed me to make good decisions and also given me the ability to work with public officials, agencies and citizens. My work with a wide variety of diverse citizens from different political affiliations has honed my innate ability to recognize needs and present workable solutions."

Other experience: Community Living Case Management Advisory Council, Partnership for Coastal Watersheds Steering Committee, Southern Oregon Clean Energy Alliance

Fred Messerle, Coos Bay

Occupation: Co-owner and manager, Messerle and Sons (dairy, livestock, transportation, construction, service)

Education: BS agricultural resource economics, Oregon State University

From his cover letter: 'I absolutely understand what the function and role of county government should be. Provide for the health, safety, and security of our citizens, property and environment. Facilitate commerce and promote the wise, prudent use of our natural resource base."

Other experience: Sumner Rural Fire Protection District, Beaver Slough Drainage District, Coos County Assessor Farm Use Review Board, service to Coos County Fair and 4-H.

Rickey Lee Wiley, North Bend

Occupation: Owner, Rickey L. Wiley Construction

Education: General education classes, Southwestern Oregon Community College; computer systems engineering technology, Oregon Institute of Technology.

From his cover letter: 'My business has taught me to be wise in all decisions. Expenditures must be kept in check while delivering top quality services. In my line of work it is mandatory that I keep advised of both county and state regulations. I feel that I could offer these same qualities to Coos County."

Other experience: Sponsor and volunteer, Marshfield High School track club; coach's assistant, North Bend Mat Club.

Reporter Gail Elber can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 234, or at

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