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Saline County Clerk: Phil Black

KSAL Staff - July 1, 2016 10:15 am

Office: Saline County Clerk

Candidate: Phil Black

Party: Democrat


Phil Black, Ed.D.

BA, MA – English

MA – Political Science

Ed.D. – Education Leadership (Administration)

Elected to USD 305 Board of Education 2007, 20011, 2015

Dean of Academic Affairs – Brown Mackie College 2002-2010

  • Over 40+ faculty during the period when the college had its highest enrollment of over 500
  • Founding Board member of the Kansas Association of Private Career Colleges and Schools

Adjunct Professor – Political Science (American Government) Grantham University 2011-2016

Analyst – Educational Management Systems – 2015 – present

Community committees and organizations on which I’ve served:

  • Heartland Policy Council
  • Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • (USD 305) Health Council
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Council (now LiveWell Salina)
  • Salina Education Foundation Executive Committee
  • Community Access TV of Salina Board of Directors
  • Salina Bicycle Advocacy Group
  • Kids Voting Saline County (founding member)

Candidate Statement: 

There are many areas for which the County Clerk is responsible – valuation, taxation, county bond indebtedness, and levies to name a few. Fortunately, the current clerk’s office handles them admirably. However, the community outreach, the enlistment and training of poll workers, going into our schools to teach our youth the importance of voting will be lost when Don Merriman, our current County Clerk, steps down.

My community involvement, including my years on the School Board three, allows me to step into the big shoes worn by Don Merriman. But Don has also been a great office manager. Not only have I been deeply involved in the community, as Dean at Brown Mackie College I was responsible for a staff of over 40 faculty at a time when the school had record high enrollments.

I believe my community involvement and managerial experience make me the most qualified candidate for County Clerk.