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Long-time Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship is retiring

Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship
Deschutes County
Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – After nearly two decades overseeing elections and various other duties, County Clerk Nancy Blankenship said Friday she’s stepping down and retiring, effective July 31.

“My life has changed a lot the last couple of years,” Blankenship said Friday, including the passing of her husband. “I just got thinking about, I’m still in pretty good health, and I have some things I’d still like to do that are on my ‘bucket list.’”

Blankenship, who submitted her resignation after last month’s special election, began her tenure as clerk in January 2003, having been appointed to succeed long-time clerk Susie Penhollow. Before becoming county clerk, Blankenship previously served as the Redmond city recorder for 15 years.

Next Wednesday, county commissioners will take up Blankenship’s recommendation for Steve Dennison, the office’s elections supervisor for the past four years, to become interim county clerk. He would need to run for a full four-year term in the fall of 2022.

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  1. Gonna miss ya gal! You always rocked the house there with your work. Gonna miss you when I go there. But you deserve a a long happy break.

  2. I have had the pleasure of knowing Nancy and her late Husband for decades. They grew up in Central Oregon. She has dedicated the last 35 years to serving the citizens of Redmond and Deschutes County. She deserves our thanks and appreciation. From my Family to you Nancy, our sincere thanks and appreciation for your dedicated service to our Central Oregon communities.

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