In his short nine months as a Deschutes County Commissioner, Tony DeBone has had to make some tough decisions. One of the most recent was the firing of Deschutes County Administrator Dave Kanner. It was a close vote on ending Kanner's contract. “It just boils down to leadership style. He’s the one person leading the county. It was a 2 to 1 voted. We’re moving forward. Our future looks bright. I don't have any reservations on our decision. We are now in the process of looking for the next administrator.” Deputy Deschutes County Administrator Erik Kropp is acting as the Administrator on an interim basis, until a replacement is found. Kropp has informed the Commissioners he's not interested in the position, because he has young children.
He says the Commission is focusing a lot on economic development and is hearing some innovative ideas. “Deschutes County Economic Alliance is a group of volunteers who look at what we can do big to create new jobs. Some of the projects include applied research or higher education, an elite fitness training center, structured built housing. The concept is we have people who can build things here, and build manufactured houses here and sell them elsewhere, traded sector opportunities, like these big ideas.” Tony Debone was the guest Wednesday morning on KBNDs Your Town.