Leavenworth County will swear in a number of new and existing elected officials in a ceremony scheduled for Monday.
In November, voters in Leavenworth County retained incumbents in a number of county positions: County Attorney Todd Thompson and County Commissioner Clyde Graeber both defended their seats from challengers and County Clerk Janet Klasinski and Register of Deeds Stacy Driscoll ran unopposed. But, because of a number of retirements that meant open positions, others among the elected offices in the county will have new faces. Current Tonganoxie City Councilman Dennis Bixby will succeed current 3rd District County Commissioner John Flower; Current Sheriff’s Capt. Andy Dedeke will take Dave Zoellner’s place as the sheriff; and current Deputy County Clerk Janice Van Parys will succeed Janice Young as the county treasurer.
All of those officials, whether returning or new, will take place at 11 a.m. Monday in Courtroom No. 4 at the Justice Center.
“We will go into regular session with the current commission in the morning, take care of whatever business we have, and we’ll sine die close to 10:30 a.m.,” County Administrator Pat Hurley told the commission Thursday, referring to the Latin term meaning “without day” used by elected bodies to adjourn without setting a date for another meeting.
Following the swearing in, the county will host a reception in the courthouse’s commission chambers. At 1:30 p.m., the commission is scheduled to take up annual reorganization actions, including approving a commission chairman for the following year.
Flower, the current chairman who will step down Monday after having served a term beginning in 2008, thanked his two colleagues and reflected on his own time as part of the body.
“I would say that we’ve accomplished a lot,” he said. “Not as much as I would have liked, but we made progress, that’s the rule of the game. I appreciate the indulgence that you’ve given me and the opportunity to participate that you’ve given me, and I know that moving forward, you’ll continue to do good work.”
Commissioner Clyde Graeber said he would wait to share his thoughts on working with Flower until Monday, though he did share some thoughts on the incoming commissioner Bixby.
“He most certainly has dug in to the current situation, the facts, he’s made study of what’s going on in Topeka,” he said. “I have been truly impressed with his willingness to learn and become involved.”