Longtime County Commissioner Clyde Graeber is resigning from the commission because of health issues.

Longtime County Commissioner Clyde Graeber is resigning from the commission because of health issues.

Graeber announced his resignation at the conclusion of Monday’s County Commission meeting. His resignation will be effective at noon Sept. 28.

“I truly regret having to do this,” Graeber said.

In announcing his resignation, Graeber said he has been dealing with ongoing health issues in recent months. His doctor has advised him to get away from stress.

Graeber is in his 13th year as a member of the Leavenworth County Commission.

“It has been a challenging time, and I have enjoyed it,” he said.

The commissioner said he has spent 37 years in public service that began with six years on the Leavenworth City Commission. He also served in the Kansas House of Representatives.

At one point, he was appointed to serve as the state treasurer after that position became vacant. He served in that capacity for one year. He later served four years as the Kansas secretary of health and environment.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith said it has been an honor to serve with Graeber. Smith called Graeber a statesman.

“You have given your life to public service,” Smith said.

County Commissioner Bob Holland shook Graeber’s hand following the announcement. And people attending Monday’s meeting gave Graeber a standing ovation.

Graeber, a Republican, represents the 2nd District of the County Commission which includes Lansing and a portion of the city of Leavenworth.

Republican precinct men and women from the 2nd District will select a person to temporarily replace Graeber on the commission, County Clerk Janet Klasinski said.

In 2018, voters from the 2nd District will elect someone to serve for the remaining two years of Graeber’s current term.

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