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Former Talent Mayor Lomski dies at 81

Former two-term Talent Mayor Leo Lomski, who led a failed recall effort against the council and mayor in 1997, died Tuesday at Three Fountains Nursing Care Center in Medford. He was 81.

Lomski, who worked in the construction industry in Talent, ending his council service as mayor in 1994.

Recall backers led by Lomski were upset over the council's forced retirement of Police Chief Dale Kinnan and the firing of City Administrator Tony Paxton. The city also was on the front-end of a controversial building moratorium that halted development for several years because the city didn't have an adequate water supply.

Petitioners, led by Lomski, targeted Mayor Frank Falsarella and council members Sam McCrary, Joi Riley, Lisa Shapiro, Don Steyskal, who is still serving on the council, and Marian Telerski, who is now mayor in Talent. The recall was rejected by a 2-1 ratio.

City leaders at the time said the city needed professional management, citing their hiring of former Jackson County Sheriff C.W. Smith (now a Jackson County commissioner) to replace Kinnan and former Rogue River recorder Leahnette York to replace Paxton. They also argued water supply problems ignored by earlier administrations forced them to impose a building moratorium, which lasted until Talent linked to the Medford water system in January 2002.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.