Clatsop County doesn't have a new administrator - yet.

The county commissioners on Tuesday postponed by one day their decision between the two finalists for the administrator's position.

Commissioner Lylla Gaebel said she first wanted to review the written comments of department heads and citizens before casting her vote.

The comments were submitted Monday after both candidates - Jefferson County Administrator Mike Morgan and Warrenton City Manager Scott Derickson - were interviewed by the commissioners, department heads and union representatives, and met the public at a reception Monday evening.

Gaebel said the commissioners had not had the opportunity to review those comments before Tuesday's special meeting, which was held after a closed executive session Tuesday morning.

"We said we would consider them," Gaebel said after the meeting. "I think it's important for the new administrator to feel they have the full support of the board."

The board scheduled a special executive session for 5 p.m. today, with a regular meeting to follow in which the commissioners plan to pick their top choice between Derickson and Morgan.

The two are the top choices out of 59 who applied for the position, which became vacant following the retirement of former administrator Jim Azumano last May.

Gaebel said she had also received a phone call about one of the candidates that she wanted to follow up. She did not identify which candidate the call was about or whom the call was from.

Commissioner Bob Green said at Tuesday's meeting that it appeared the board has settled on one candidate, and that he was ready to vote.

"The feeling of the board, I felt, was clear where we were going to go," he said.

The other commissioners said they were ready to vote, but agreed to put off action for a day for the sake of a unanimous decision.

"There is probably not going to be a more important decision we make," Chairwoman Helen Westbrook said. She added that it was unlikely she would change her mind about her choice.

"We have two good candidates, but I feel one would be a much better choice for Clatsop County," she said.

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