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Gilmour's record in line with others'

Potential opponents of Jackson County Commissioner Dave Gilmour have criticized his part-time status in what could become a campaign issue in the November 2006 election.

But a review of meeting records for 2004-05 shows Gilmour's attendance was in line with the other county commissioners.

It basically shows that I've held my part of the job up, Gilmour said after hearing the results of the review Friday.

Diane Davidson, former chairwoman of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee, and former Commissioner Ric Holt have criticized Gilmour's part-time status. While both have said they may run for the board, neither Davidson nor Holt have filed campaign papers with the county's Elections Center.

In the past two years, Gilmour has missed 18 of 153 meetings. A majority of those were missed while he attended other meetings, such as the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation, the Metropolitan Planning Organization or state conferences.

— Commissioner Jack Walker missed 31 meetings during the same time period, most of those the result of recovery time for two operations related to his Krohns disease.

Commissioner C.W. Smith missed eight meetings in 2005, the one year he has been in office. That's the same number missed by Gilmour during the year.

Gilmour, who also works as a doctor, has made no secret about making his commissioner job part time, estimating he puts in 30 to 45 hours a week.

I'm not just sitting there warming up the seat for walk-ins, he said. It's not a good use of my time.

He said he also puts in 30 to 45 hours a week as a doctor.

Gilmour said he keeps in contact with his constituents by e-mail or through a pager.

For the first two years of his term, Gilmour took an annual salary of &

36;40,000, rather than the full &


However, he said, he is now taking the full salary without benefits, in part because of complaints from the opposing party.

I got incredible grief from Republicans for doing it, he said.

Commissioner Walker said, I don't remember any pressure I ever gave him. He can do what he wants.

However, he added, He might have felt some pressure, but not from the board.

Walker said that while he was out for surgery and recovery, Gilmour helped keep the county running smoothly.

I get along fine with Dave, he said. We disagree on issues and that's the way it should be.

Walker said he has no idea how many hours Gilmour puts in, saying that as a board, I think it's working.

not taking the benefits and not taking a full salary for the first two years, Gilmour estimated he is saving taxpayers &


Holt said he won't turn the issue of Gilmour's attendance into a big campaign issue, but maintains the commissioner's position is a full-time job

He said, The main thing is he said he was going to take a part-time salary and if he's not, that's deceiving.

Gilmour said he believes that his work as a physician is not totally unrelated to his commissioner's job because it helps him keep in touch with what's going on in the county.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 776-4476, or e-mail Gilmour's record in line with others?"dmann@mailtribune.com. Commissioner attendance

2004 ' 149 meetings total

Meetings missed: Jack Walker, 3; Dave Gilmour, 10; Sue Kupillas, 11

2005 ' 104 meetings total

Walker, 28; Gilmour, 8; C.W. Smith, 8

(Source: Jackson County commissioner meeting records)