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Surveyor candidates stress experience in field

Jackson County surveyor Scott Fein says voters have a unique chance to "try before they buy" if they allow him to remain in place on Nov. 6.

Fein was appointed acting surveyor after his boss, Kerry Bradshaw, was killed in an automobile accident after being re-elected in May.

Fein, 32, believes he has done enough in the past five months to earn voters' trust and they should cast their vote in his favor.

"I really feel like I've proven myself by running an efficient office that gets more done with less," Fein said. "I will continue that efficiency."

Fein said his 12 years of surveying experience, which includes a stint with the Bureau of Land Management, will continue to pay off in the job.

Fein has worked in the public and private spheres and enjoys working with county residents to settle property line and land-use issues.

Fein's opponents on the Nov. 6 ballot are longtime surveyors Herb Farber, 60, and Martin Stewart, 62.

Farber has been in the surveying business for 40 years and says he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.

"This job involves more than just checking maps and things like that," Farber said. "I've done about everything there is to do in this profession. You name it, and I've done it."

Farber said he has always been active in his community, be it in the Rotary Club or youth volunteer services, and he feels that filling the surveyor job is an extension of his desire to serve the public.

"I look forward to serving people and have conducted workshops to educate and help Realtors and others," Farber said. "The job of surveyor is a chance to have a positive impact in people's lives."

The surveyor and staff are responsible for recording surveys performed by private surveyors, resolving property-line disputes and working to restore the 20,000 "corners" of the county, which are precise reference points that determine the location of all property lines.

Meanwhile, Stewart, who has worked the bulk of his decades-long surveying career in the Rogue Valley, said he will bring his philosophy of protecting personal property rights to the county.

"I will work with the planners and the commissioners to ensure that personal property rights are protected in the county," Stewart said.

Stewart said his more than 150 surveys he's conducted in the Rogue Valley gives him the expertise to do the job.

In addition, Stewart said he plans only to serve one or two terms. He believes that the position should rotate every eight or so years to bring in new blood.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.