In a unanimous decision Wednesday, Del Shelstad was selected chairman of the Board of Commissioners for 2022. He takes over for Bob Maul who relinquished his title at the first meeting of the new year.
“Here you go, you got yourself a new wooden mallet,” Commissioner Maul said as he handed the mallet to Chairman Shelstad on his left.
After making the motion for a vote to select Shelstad as the new chairman, Maul said he was ready to move on from that role in the final year of his term.
“This means you’ll get an opportunity to not hear me up here all the time anymore, and that’s a good thing,” he said.
After the vote, commissioner Colleen Faber expressed her gratitude for the leadership provided through a challenging year.
“Mr. Chairman (Bob Maul), I want to thank you so much. This has been a very long year and a challenging year, and you have done an outstanding job,” she expressed. “Also, through having to endure some illness and family time, you continue to step up and serve the community, and I think we are very, very fortune to have Bob Maul on our team.”
Chairman Shelstad, whose term ends in 2024, took over from that point and it was business as usual.
“I’ve served on this board under four chairmen since I’ve been here,” the chairman said. “I’ve learned an awful lot from each one of them, and hopefully I can move forward and do the job I’ve been shown how it’s done.”
About Chairman Shelstad
Chairman Shelstad is a third generation native of Gillette. He attended Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller, S.D. from eighth through 11th grades, and graduated from Campbell County High School.
After graduating from CCHS, he enlisted in the United States Army. He identifies his time serving his country in the Army was the greatest experience of his life.
Shortly thereafter, Chairman Shelstad married his high school sweetheart, Nichole. Upon leaving the Army, he returned to Gillette to work in the family business, Dust Control Inc.
Chairman Shelstad and Nichole have three children. As foster parents for 17 years, they feel blessed to have had their lives positively impacted by so many children.
In 2015, they started a second business in Gillette, The Range 307, an indoor shooting complex and gun store located on the same property as Dust Control Inc.
Previously, Chairman Shelstad served as the chairman of the Joint Powers Fire Board and his wife currently serves on the State Court Appointed Special Advocates board. Both have said they’ve enjoyed their years of public service and look forward to continuing to serve their community.
Chairman Shelstad can be reached as firstname.lastname@example.org