Glen Saunders resigned from the Davis County Commission on Wednesday and was immediately appointed county clerk, a job he will hold for at least six months and will seek in the November election.

Saunders, a commissioner since 1980, said he sees it as a new opportunity for public service in light of the changing role of the clerk's job, as the state takes over administration of the district courts.The position became available when former clerk Michael Allphin resigned effective May 31. He was appointed to the state district court administrator's post.

Saunders' resignation leaves a slot open on the commission. The Davis County Republican Party Central Committee will interview candidates and submit three names to the two remaining commissioners, Harold Tippetts and William Peters, who will select a replacement.

That is the same procedure used under state law to fill the clerk's job. The GOP committee submitted the names of Saunders, Margene Isom and Lois Pickett. Isom has also filed to run for the clerk's job in November and will square off against Saunders in the September primary election.

As for the empty commission seat, many Republican party officials have been saying privately that Gayle Stevenson, a school district administrator who has filed to run for the seat this fall, has the inside track for the appointment.