KLAMATH COUNTy, Ore. — The Klamath County Board of Commissioners is taking on a much more conservative tone following Tuesday’s election. Tom Mallams is a Beatty-area rancher who easily won election to the board, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.
He will be joined by James Bellet, who ran unopposed. Mallams and Bellet replace outgoing Commissioner Al Switzer and Cheryl Hukill. Mallams says they are already working to get a better vision of how the county can operate more efficiently.
“Jim and I both have been involved in a lot of things with the county, but not to this extent. so, we’ve been making a point to meet with all the department heads and our goal is to meet with all the department heads before the first of the year, so we have a pretty good understanding, at least a cursory understanding, of what goes on there,” stated Commissioner-Elect Tom Mallams.
They will be joining another conservative, Dennis Linthicum, on the board in January.