Del Shelstad Appointed County Commissioner

Del Shelstad has been selected to replace Clark Kissack on the Campbell County Board of Commissioners, according to a court order submitted late this morning.

Shelstad was selected from a field of six commission candidates who submitted applications for consideration by District Court Judge Michael “Nick” Deegan.

“Arriving at a decision has been difficult because each candidate presents unique qualifications that would benefit the board,” Deegan expressed in the order. “Any one of the candidates could well serve on the board and add value to its deliberations.”

Commission Chairman Mark Christensen said that he believed Deegan made an excellent choice, given Shelstad’s history on the Campbell County Joint Powers Fire Board.

“He’s got great experience on the fire board. He came in at a time when the fireboard was having some issues internally and he’s been a good chairman who has really helped them through some difficult times,” said Christensen.

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Shelstad is a leader who is not afraid to make a decision, which is the reason he has experienced success with his two years on the fire board, Christensen continued.

Shelstad was one of the original 19 applicants who submitted their names for consideration by the local GOP during a special meeting on Nov. 19.

State statute mandated that the Campbell County Republican Party Central Committee submit three names for the remaining County Commissioners to select a replacement for Kissack who without reason, resigned unexpectedly at the end of October.

Shelstad was not one of the three names submitted and appeared before the commissioners on Nov. 20, where he accused the local GOP of being unethical, corrupt, and “back door politics at its worst.”

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Following the public interviews of Troy McKeown, Jeff Raney, and Elgin Faber on Dec. 4, the commissioners ultimately failed to choose Kissack’s replacement. Of the three candidates chosen by the local GOP, only Elgin Faber was able to sustain a motion.

During the meeting, Commissioner Mickey Shober made a motion to have the matter placed in the hands of the District Court.

On Dec. 17, it was announced that 13 individuals filed applications for consideration, but Deegan sorted and reduced that number to six final candidates.

One by one, the candidates were publicly interviewed on Friday, Dec. 21. Deegan’s decision was expected by Friday, Dec. 27, the maximum time allowed by state statute for a new commissioner to be selected once the matter was placed in the hands of the District Court.

Shelstad will be sworn in during the next County Commission meeting on Jan. 2, 2019.