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Seward County Commission Meets, Jacob to Step Down

Joe Denoyer - December 18, 2017 7:38 pm

The Seward County Board of County Commissioners met Monday  evening and received the news during items from Commissioners that newly elected 5th District Commissioner Jack Jacob will be stepping down from the Commission. Jacob , the Pastor at 1st Southern Baptist Church in Liberal, has accepted a job as Senior Pastor in Walters Oklahoma, and will be leaving the community in the very near future. It will fall to the Seward County Republican Party and it’s Precinct persons to appoint a replacement for Jack Jacob. See Commissioner Jacobs full statement in an additional news story on

In action items, the Commissioners approved the Industrial Revenue Bonds not exceed $2.5 million and also approved the tax abatement for Groendyke/Hibbs Transport.

The Commission opted to renew the County’s insurance with Al Shank Insurance of Liberal but also want to look into Cyber Security insurance as well.

County Commissioners approved the purchase of 3 patrol vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department from Chrysler Corner in the amount of $28,928.00 and 3 Motorola radios for the Emergency Management Department in the amount of $6,631.63.

Appointed to the Rural Fire Board was Rod Lewis, Rustin Wettstein, Bill Hatcher, Kevin Alexander, and John Lee with 1 open position to fill.
Jack Carlile and Barbara Fitzgerald were appointed to the Council on Aging Board, Don Witzke to the JEDC Board and Thurman Brown to the Planning and Zoning board. There is one opening on the Planning and Zoning Board that needs filled.

Seward County commissioners approved the GAL contracts for Christine Larson, Barbara Nash, and Lynne Koehn, and approved the Cereal Malt Beverage License for Yucca Ridge Golf Course.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Day Holiday’s falling on regular Commission night, the Commission voted to move their January meetings to the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s.


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