County Commissioners shuffle positions

In August of 2012 the Fallon County Commission Chair was Don Rieger, vice-chair was Deb Ranum and Clerk and Recorder Brenda Wood served as recording clerk.

By Lisa Kilsdonk

Posted September 21, 2012

In August of 2012 the Fallon County Commission Chair was Don Rieger, vice-chair was Deb Ranum and Clerk and Recorder Brenda Wood served as recording clerk.

Last week, Commissioner Bill Randash accepted the position as chair of the Fallon County Commission. Additionally, Clerk and Recorder Brenda Wood resigned from her duties recording the minutes during the commission meetings. Commissioner Deb Ranum is presently taking minutes of the meetings.

In phone interviews conducted September 18, all four elected officials spoke to the Fallon County Times, confirming the changes and answering some questions.

Clerk and Recorder Brenda Wood, has been serving in her position since 2003 and is presently two years into her second four-year term and plans on continuing in her position, “as long as I stay elected, I guess.” Wood went on to state that, “By statute, it (taking minutes at county commission meetings) is a part of my job.” She politely declined to speak further on the issue.

Commissioner Rieger stated that he would no longer be serving as commission chair, “because of health reasons.” Rieger went on to explain that he is doctoring in Billings and Denver, beginning the preliminary work-up that will lead to a kidney transplant.

“I’ve got so many appointments. I’m taking care of my health first,” said Rieger.

When asked if he was resigning as commissioner or just from his position as chairman, Rieger said, “I’m still a commissioner until the end of the year.”

Commissioner Randash explained the changes in simple terms, “Don (Rieger) wanted to resign as chair. Deb (Ranum) didn’t take the chair. It got to be a little dispute between them.”

Randash also explained that in Fallon County’s three-member commission, normally a commissioner’s final two years of his or her six-year term is spent as chair.

According to this schedule, Rieger was slated to chair the commission through the end of 2012 and his term. Ranum will take over her scheduled duties as chair January 1, 2013.

Ranum, as vice-chair, encouraged Rieger to continue as chair and just have her fill in if he was gone for an appointment.

Ranum is looking forward to serving as chair in 2013 and making some changes in how the commission conducts its business, “I’d like the agenda to be on the radio and the minutes published in the paper. Hopefully on January 1 our commission can have a fresh start with community involvement. The commission meets Monday through Thursday the first full week of each month, and the following Mondays for the remainder of the month.

Presently, the minutes from the commission’s meetings are published on the county website, falloncounty.net. The most recent set of minutes, however, appeared to be four months old, dated April 20, 2012.