County starts new year by filling several vacant positions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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Amy Wilkinson of De Smet was sworn in Tuesday the new Kingsbury County auditor by States Attorney Greg Gass.  Wilkinson previously served as deputy auditor under Jennifer Albrecht, who recently resigned the auditor’s position. The deputy auditor’s position is currently open and commissioners will review applications.


Delmer Wolkow of De Smet was also sworn in Tuesday as the new county commissioner for District 3. Wolkow is taking over Audrey Lembke’s seat. Lembke’s term expired at the end of 2014 and she chose not to run for office again. No one took out a petition last fall to run for the empty seat, but later three individuals expressed interest in the position and were interviewed by the commissioners before Wolkow’s appointment was made. Commissioners Roger Lee of rural De Smet and Joe Jensen of Arlington were also sworn in Tuesday to begin another term.


Lee, who was previously commission vice-chair, was voted to be commission chair, and Roger Walls of rural Iroquois was elected vice-chair.


Commissioners decided who will serve on various boards. Many of their assignments will remain the same as in 2014, with just a few changes.


Lee, District 5, of rural De Smet, will assist in matters involving the courthouse building, will serve on the weed board, human services, labor negotiations and is on the board of South Dakota Public Assistance Assurance.


Wolkow, District 3, will assist Lee with the courthouse building, serve as health insurance alternate, and work with Interlakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP) and child protection.


Jensen, District 1, is assigned to planning and zoning, labor negotiations and First Planning District.


Walls, District 4, will work with 4-H, the 4-H board and Glacial Lakes. He is also the South Dakota Public Assistance Assurance alternate.


Shelley Nelson of Lake Preston, District 2, was appointed to contract law, health insurance and emergency management, and will assist with courthouse projects.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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