After nearly two months, the Franklin County Commission will be back at full strength.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Todd Boland, Villa Ridge, to serve as the new First District commissioner.
Boland, who is a member of the county planning and zoning commission, was selected from a pool of applicants who submitted their qualifications to the state Boards and Commissions office for consideration.
Boland told The Missourian he received the call from the governor’s office Thursday evening.
“It’s always great to come out on top,” he said. “It’s also very humbling. Whoever the governor would have chosen would have been the right choice.”
Boland said he began the appointment process about two weeks ago by filling out the necessary applications with the state and undergoing the required background checks.
Boland, 59, is a cattle farmer and property manager with Eckelkamp Enterprises. He and his wife Kim have three sons — Ryan, Sam and Ted.
In addition to county planning and zoning, he served as a Washington city councilman for two years and had a four-year stint on the city’s planning and zoning board as well.
“I have always thought about wanting to do more,” he said. “I feel Franklin County is a great place and I want to be part of the process to keep it that way.”
The time line of Boland’s swearing in is still unclear, but is expected to take place before the next county commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28.
“I’m ready to get down to work,” he said. “My door will always be open.”
Boland will serve out the remaining 28 months of the current First District term and, if he chooses, must run for re-election in 2020.
The seat was vacated Monday, Aug. 13, when Tim Brinker resigned the First District seat after being appointed presiding commissioner and was sworn in Aug. 14. Brinker won the primary election in August for presiding commissioner and has no opposition in the November election. He was appointed to fill out the remaining term of John Griesheimer, who retired in July due to health reasons.
Brinker held the post of First District commissioner since January 2013.
Brinker said he’s thrilled with the governor’s selection and is relieved to have the commission back at full strength.
“This is a win for Franklin County,” Brinker said. “I’ve had a good relationship with Todd for many years. We don’t always agree on everything, which is good, but we can move on and get things done.”
Brinker congratulated all of the applicants who interviewed for the position and said the selection process was done very thoroughly.
“The governor’s office did their due diligence,” Brinker said. “The entire process was done very professionally and that is something we are very happy about.”
He added he and Second District Commissioner Dave Hinson were not part of the selection process and did not know about Boland’s appointment until Thursday evening as well.
“We called Jefferson City a few times to touch base on the progress,” Brinker said. “Some other county officials did lobby for another applicant.”
Hinson said he doesn’t know Boland personally, but looks forward to getting to know him.
“It’s good to have the commission back at full strength,” Hinson said. “Tim and I work together very well, but it’s good to have the position filled.”
Hinson added since Boland has served on the county planning and zoning commission he knows many of the county processes, which will be key in acclimating him to the office of commissioner.