New Franklin County First District Commissioner Todd Boland was sworn in Tuesday morning just minutes before his first commission meeting. Boland was appointed to the vacant seat Friday, Aug. 24, by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson — he has had little time to talk about what his plans are for his time in the office.
Boland is no stranger to area politics and says he is not an outsider, having lived in the county all his life.
He has served on the Washington City Council (1998-2000), as well as planning and zoning boards for Washington (2000-2005) and Franklin County (2014-2018).
But stepping into a position serving half of the county population, or about 55,000 constituents, can be somewhat challenging.
Combine that with the basics of learning any new job and it can make for a hectic first week.
“I take it as a great responsibility and challenge,” Boland said. “But, it is the same at any level, you need to listen to the people and make the right choices with the information you receive.”
Boland added he is coming into the office with an open mind and hopes to better the county in all areas.
“I have no pet projects,” he said. “My focus will be on trying to have proactive effects to improve services from all departments in the county to people all over Franklin County.”
He added specific areas will include keeping quality law enforcement people in place, growth of the county, transportation and keeping all roads and bridges maintained.
Since he was appointed instead of being elected by the First District residents, he assures them they will be well-represented.
“I will bring a strong work ethic and integrity to the commission,” Boland said. “I will listen to the people and make the best decisions for Franklin County, by keeping the financial plan intact and not wasting funds.”
With the county commission at full three-member strength for the first time in almost two months, all of the commissioners are ready to move forward with the county agenda.
Boland said he feels the leadership of the county is distributed evenly.
“I feel with living in the Villa Ridge area the three commissioners cover the county well for our constituents,” Boland said. “My family has been living and operating businesses in Franklin County for many years, and Franklin County is a great place to raise a family!”
Boland, 59, is a 1977 graduate or St. Francis Borgia High School.
He went on to attend Missouri State and Drake universities.
In recent years he has been active in the St. Francis Borgia Parish, Whole Kids Outreach, School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Washington Elks Club.
Boland is a cattle farmer and property manager with Eckelkamp Enterprises.
He and his wife Kim have three sons — Ryan, Sam and Ted.