Public Notice No. 5828

Public Notice

The Special Meeting of the Niobrara County Commissioners was called to order on August 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. with Chairman Patrick H. Wade, Vice-Chairman John Midkiff, Commissioner Elaine Griffith, County Attorney Anne Wasserburger, and County Clerk Becky L. Freeman in attendance.  Members of the audience included Republican Party Chairman Jeb Hanson, Republican Party Vice-Chairman Richard D. Pullen, Lusk Chief of Police Bo Krein, Randy Starkey, Dan Assman and Kelly Dean.
    The purpose of the special meeting was to appoint an interim sheriff to fill the vacancy in office which was created by the resignation of Sheriff Gill.  
    Chairman Wade asked the candidates if they wanted to interview, and they all said it wasn’t necessary.  
    Attorney Wasserburger reviewed statutes to confirm whether they needed to speak, and she said they could.  
    Mr. Assman took the opportunity to give a brief history of his experience.  He thanked all people in Niobrara County for the opportunity to run.
    He wanted to point out that he has been in Mr. Starkey’s position as an interim sheriff in South Dakota, and he felt that Mr. Starkey should have the opportunity to be appointed so he can become more familiar with the office, budget, staff, etc.  
    Commissioner Griffith moved to appoint Randy Starkey to serve the remainder of the current sheriff’s term.  Vice-Chairman Midkiff seconded, and the motion carried. A certificate of appointment was given to Mr. Starkey.
    Doyle J. Davies administered the oath of office for Sheriff Starkey.
    Mr. Assman said he was here to support law enforcement in any fashion.  
    Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved to enter executive session with Sheriff Starkey, Undersheriff Dean, and Attorney Wasserburger at 10:15 a.m. to discuss personnel matters.  Commissioner Griffith seconded, and the motion carried. Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved to leave executive session at 10:46 a.m. Commissioner Griffith seconded, and the motion carried.  No action was taken.
    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:47 a.m.

                            Patrick Wade, Chairman
Becky L. Freeman, County Clerk

Public Notice No. 5828. Published in The Lusk Herald on September 14, 2022