MODESTO — The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission, a rather obscure growth-guiding agency with a higher profile in recent months, attracted nine candidates to an opening, including four former public officials.
Brad Hawn, a former Modesto councilman; Steve Hallum, who was Oakdale's city manager; Annabel Gammon, former Stanislaus County planning commissioner; and Ron Freitas, the county's former planning director, are among applicants for the public member seat on LAFCo. John Mier and Robert Smith also are finalists.
Elected commissioners are scheduled to select the public member and an alternate at 6 p.m. today in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.
Freitas has been filling the alternate public member's position, voting when the regular public member is absent. Other positions are filled with elected city and county representatives.
The commission made headlines in September by becoming the valley's first LAFCo to adopt farmland protection rules when cities want to grow. Patterson was poised in February to challenge the policy with a 1,119-acre annexation request, but withdrew at the last minute.