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Saline County Department Heads Reinstated

Todd Pittenger - January 12, 2015 11:46 am

Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile makes a motion to reinstate the four county deparment heads.

A new 5-person Saline County Commission was sworn in Monday morning, and though no official meeting was scheduled, immediately met and overturned a recent controversial decision that  eliminated four department head positions.

Monte Shadwick, Luci Larson, and David Smith were sworn in, joining Jim Gile and John Price in the new 5-person commission. Larsen and Smith are taking over new commission seats, while Shadwick is taking over for Randy Duncan, who he defeated in last year’s primary election.

After being sworn in, Jim Gile requested that the new commission meet. During the meeting, Gile made a motion to rescind a December 30th decision that did away with the positions of County Administrator, Road and Bridge Director, Planning and Zoning Director and Health Department Director. The motion was approved 4-1, with Price casting the lone dissenting vote. The standing room only crowd burst into applause when the decision was made.

The move means Rita Deister (Administrator), David Neal (Planning and Zoning) and Dave Nowak (Road and Bridge) are all reinstated with full benefits and salary.

The position of County Health Director, which has been vacant since Bronson Farmer resigned unexpectedly in early October, was not addressed. Commissioner Shadwick later told KSAL News that he anticipates the new commission to deal fairly quickly with the health department issue.

The new Saline County Commission’s first regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday.

Juanita Ramirez

January 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Now Sheryl Musfelt can keep her big mouth shut.

Fred Hanson

January 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Its time to take legal action against the four commissioners and the county for their action on this matter. Also time to investigate how much was paid to the Govennor to appoint the two to the commission. Shadwick was a loser on the city commission and should have a recall filed against him as well.

Sheryl Musfelt

January 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Opinions are like a**holes everyone has one.

Juanita Ramirez

January 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Nope…didn’t work. She is the only John Price lover in the city! What a lucky man…..LMBO!!

Julian Webb

January 13, 2015 at 7:57 am

Looks to me instead of wording about some over paid workers these new commissioners should be investigating the sheriffs department and their shooting an unarmed man after spending 2 hours at his house. We do not need to continue to let rogue law enforcement to operate here.

Gary Henderson

January 13, 2015 at 11:52 am

Changing the facts does not serve you well. He was armed and pointing a gun at officers. Get your facts straight.

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