Changes in city leadership, some expected some not

By Linda Trest, Staff Writer
Posted 6/17/20

Last Thursday, June 11, the Gerald Board of Aldermen met for their regular meeting. Ward 1 Alderman Ruth Haase took her seat for the last time after deciding not to seek another term.

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Changes in city leadership, some expected some not

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Last Thursday, June 11, the Gerald Board of Aldermen met for their regular meeting. Ward 1 Alderman Ruth Haase took her seat for the last time after deciding not to seek another term.

During aldermen reports, Ward 2 Alderman Kent Richardson announced he was resigning from the board. The city’s attorney Dave Struebel, leaned toward Richardson and noted that he meant to say he will tender his resignation at some point in the future. Richardson remained on the dais for the remainder of the meeting. The city had not received his resignation letter Tuesday afternoon.

Once old business had been tended to, Haase stepped down into the audience.

Steve Grgurich, who was elected to take over that seat, was sworn in, along with Ward 2 Alderman Ed Adams who won re-election. The meeting then continued into new business

Mayor Hillary Ward then announced her appointments for standing committees, appointments oversaw the election of a board president. Adams pretty much ran the table.

Adams was elected as the board president, appointed as the Planning and Zoning Commission representative, and appointed to the both the police and public works committees.

Ward 1 Alderman Angela Koepke was appointed to the police committee, Grugrich to the public works committee and Grgurich and Richardson to the business, industry and grants committee.

The board held a special meeting Monday, June 15, to discuss personnel issues. Ahring told The Republican on Tuesday, that she has accepted the permanent job of City Clerk at a salary of $34,500.

Melissa Bauer of Rosebud was hired as full-time utility clerk with an hourly pay of $12.50, contingent on pre-employment screenings. Bauer will serve a six-month probationary period.

Both women are expected to begin their new duties next Monday, June 22.

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