The gubernatorial appointment last week of Republican Todd Boland as Franklin County First District commissioner was the first for that office since 1960.
According to records from the county clerk’s office, Boland is the 12th man to fill the office in the past 58 years and the first to be appointed.
In fact, since 1960 there have only been six commissioner appointments made and those have all been within the past 25 years.
In late November 1991, then Gov. John Ashcroft appointed Neil Schatz, R-Sullivan, to fill the Second District commissioner seat vacated by Francis Overschmidt.
Overschmidt, a Democrat, had just defeated Schatz in a special election Nov. 5, 1991 for the 109th Missouri House seat and resigned from the county post on November 27, 1991.
Schatz was the chairman of the county Republican central committee. He was appointed to the Second District seat by the Republican governor and was sworn in a few days later.
In a tragic turn of events, Schatz took his own life after murdering several members of his family in mid-March 1992 after just 4 1/2 months in office.
Because of Schatz’ untimely death, Gov. Ashcroft was again asked to name a replacement for the Second District commissioner seat and in late April 1992, appointed Bill Walker, R-Union, who served until the end of 1992.
Before last week, the most recent was in June 2015 and in the second district.
At that time, then Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tapped Jeff Maune, D-Union, to complete Mike Schatz’s unexpired term as Second District Franklin County commissioner.
Schatz, a Republican, took office in January 2013. He died Feb. 8, 2015, after battling cancer for more than a year. Prior to being elected Second District commissioner, Schatz served 31 years as a Franklin County deputy sheriff.
Maune served as Second District commissioner until December 2016 when he was replaced with the current officeholder, Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, who defeated him in the November 2016 general election.
The only other appointment was for the presiding commissioner seat in 2010.
In what was basically a formality, John Griesheimer, who had just won the presiding commissioner seat in the November 2010 general election, was appointed to the seat two months early.
This was necessary because outgoing presiding commissioner Ed Hillhouse, who had served just under eight years, had to resign the office early to take a position with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
Hillhouse was first elected in 2002.
Griesheimer went on to serve until July 2018 when health issues forced him to retire five months before his normal term would have ended on Dec. 31.
He had already announced he would not seek re-election and would retire from county and state politics after more than three decades.
After the Aug. 7, primary election, former First District Commissioner Tim Brinker, who had won the primary against two other Republican candidates, was appointed by Gov. Mike Parson to fill out Griesheimer’s remaining term.
He was sworn in by County Clerk Debbie Door Tuesday, Aug. 14, after formally resigning as First District commissioner the night before. The seat was open just 10 days before Boland was appointed.
Brinker faces no opposition in the November general election and barring any unforeseen circumstances, will win the seat and be sworn in to his full term at the beginning of 2019.