New faces for tribal council; Klamath Tribes elect
chairman, vice chairman, council members
by Lee Juillerat, Herald and News 4/24/10
Leadership of the Klamath Tribes will change hands next month.
A new slate of officers and tribal council members, including
several who were involved in efforts to oust the now former tribal
council in recall elections, have won election, based on results
Gary Frost, who claimed he was elected in recall elections in late
winter and earlier this year, will replace Joe Kirk as tribal
Frost, when contacted Friday afternoon, declined comment, noting
there is a 10-day period after the count to submit letters of
Don Gentry succeeds Joe Hobbs as vice chairman, while two
incumbent board members won re-election: Torina Case as secretary
and Brandi Decker as treasurer.
The six elected members of the tribal council, in order of votes,
are Shawn L. Jackson, Albert Bert Lawyor Sr., GeorGene
Wright-Nelson, Jeff Mitchell, Charles E. Kimbol Sr. and Frank
Summers. Only Mitchell remains from the former tribal council.
James D. Hill, who received the most votes of any candidate, 751,
was elected chief judge.
Under provisions of the Klamath Tribes Constitution, the new
Tribal Council will be seated at the first Tribal Council meeting
after the election on May 13.
A total of 1,171 ballots were counted. Another 292 were returned
because they had no deliverable addresses. Sixteen ballots were
received after Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline and 16 arrived too late
to be counted. Based on the Tribe’s 2009 annual report, tribal
membership as of Dec. 31, 2009, was 3,683 with an estimated 3,077
adults 18 and older.
Terms for the tribal council run for three years. This year’s
election generated higher than usual interest because of the