Brad Wills

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TWIN FALLS — County commissioners chose Brad Wills on Friday to replace longtime Assessor Gerald Bowden, who retired earlier this month.

Wills, 62, owner of Wills Construction, was the Republican Central Committee’s top pick for assessor.

Wills has a background in land development, is heavily involved with the community and is on multiple boards. During a forum hosted earlier this month by the Twin Falls County Farm Bureau, he said he would put his own business aside be the assessor.

The commissioners also interviewed two other candidates recommended by the central committee: John Knapple, 61, chief deputy assessor and supervisor of appraisal department, and George Haney, 72, a third-grade teacher and former real estate appraiser.

The decision was not easy and all three were good candidates, said Commissioner Jack Johnson, who made the motion to appoint Wills as assessor until the end of Bowden’s term, which ends January 2019.

“We could have taken the central committee’s first recommendation (without interviewing candidates),” Commissioner Don Hall said, “but we wanted to make the decision as transparent as possible.”

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Hall seconded the motion; the vote was unanimous.

“I saw no reason not to take the central committee’s recommendation,” Commissioner Terry Kramer said.

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