Republicans seek commission applicants
By Kay Braddock
Members of the Prairie County Republican Central Committee are currently seeking candidates for the district two county commission position after receiving word that commissioner Bill Leach will be vacating the elected appointment. Leach, a Republican, informed county officials earlier this month that he and his family will be moving to Colorado in May or June.
“I’m trying to do this in a very diligent manner,” RCC Chairman Larry Keltner said of the selection process, noting he is currently determining who lives within district two. Other RCC office holders include: Rob Reukauf, Carol Larsen, Steve and Sue Tibbetts and Doug and Judy Singleton.
According to state statutes, because Leach is a Republican the RCC is charged to choose three applicants from district two. The remaining commissioners, Ann Marie Davis and Todd Devlin, will then vote from the selection. Commissioners have the option of requesting another list of three individuals and choosing from a total of six candidates. RCC members must have a list to the commission within 30 days of the vacancy.
Selected individuals are required to have lived in the district for at least two years preceding the day the vacancy occurs, according to state statutes.
Both district two and three include areas surrounding the town of Terry and within the town’s city limits, while district one encompasses the most eastern portion of the county, which includes Fallon. Commissioner Devlin represents district three, while Davis represents district one.
County commissioners serve on a part-time basis, meeting three times a month for about 21 hours, according to Clerk and Recorder Toni Kalfell. Commissioners are compensated at about a $17 per hour rate.
Residents living south of Park Street, between the streets of Hoagland and Jane inhabit district two. The district then runs south on Jane Street, and includes residents living south of Prairie Street between Jane Street and Josephine Avenue. District two then runs south on Josephine Avenue and includes residents living south of Yellowstone Street. Commissioner district maps are available at the Clerk and Recorder’s office.
Leach, who was first appointed to the commission in January, 2004, fulfilled the final year of Gene Buxcel’s 6-year-term. He was later elected to the commission in June, 2004. The appointed commissioner will fulfill the remainder of the current term, which ends in 2010.
Leach confirmed at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting that the family’s move to Colorado was prompted by his wife’s recent job promotion. Elisa Leach is employed by Miller Global Properties, a commercial real estate development business. She has been able to do much of her work remotely through the Internet. The recent promotion requires a closer proximity to the company’s headquarters in Denver, Leach said.