KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Hanford Advisory Board elected Steve Hudson of Hanford Watch, a Portland-based watchdog group, as vice chairman Friday at its Kennewick meeting.
That puts him in line to become chairman of the group when chairwoman Susan Leckband's term expires near the end of the year.
She will have served three two-year terms, which is the limit for the board's leader.
The advisory board was interested in electing someone who was interested in becoming chairman, although the board will take a vote in November to select its new leadership.
Hudson was the only person to volunteer for the position.
Leading the group requires an average of 20 hours of volunteer time a week and no stipend is offered, Leckband said.
Bob Suyama, who represents the public at large on the board, had been serving as vice chairman but told the board he does not have the time to devote to being chairman, Leckband said.