By Tim Horan

The Salina Journal

TOPEKA -- Thirteen Saline County residents had applied by late Monday afternoon for the 4th District and 5th District seats on the Saline County Commission.

The deadline for applications is this morning, according to Eileen Hawley, communications director for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Interested persons living in either of the new districts should call Kim Borchers, director of appointments, at (785) 368-7321 for the necessary information.

Brownback interviewed candidates for commission seats Monday.

"What the governor is looking for is someone to make Salina the perfect place to run a business and raise a family," Hawley said.

She would not release the names of those interested.

"Some of those are not going to be selected and we want to protect their integrity," she said.

One person who announced on Facebook that she was interested was Stephanie Cool. She said she applied and had an interview Monday.

Cool ran as a Democrat for the county commission's 1st District seat in the Nov. 4 election. She lost to Republican Monte Shadwick.

Expansion OK'd in Nov.

Saline County voters on Nov. 4 approved an expansion of the commission from three to five. About 68 percent of voters approved of the change.

The governor is to make the two appointments to the board within 30 days of the Saline County Commission's approval of the county's five new districts. Commissioners approved the districts Nov. 18.

Brownback will appoint one commissioner to represent the 4th District, roughly the southwest part of the county, and one to represent the 5th District, roughly northwest. The new district map can be found on the Saline County website at saline.org.

The new appointees are to assume office Jan. 12 and will serve until successors are elected to two-year terms, in November 2016. After that, the commissioners will be elected to four-year terms.

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