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The Calhoun Commissioners held their monthly meeting Dec. 21, with the first order of business being the reorganization of the board. It was decided, upon motion, that Terry Woelfel and Phil Robeen would retain their seats as chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Additionally, all committee assignments will remain the same as well.
Next on the agenda, the commissioners began their discussion regarding the appointment of an interim state’s attorney to fill the vacancy of current State’s Attorney Rick Ringhausen, which will be created by his resignation on Jan. 16.
Three prospective candidates appeared before the board, formally announcing to the community their consideration for the office.
The three candidates were:
■ Steven Friedel, who currently serves as an assistant state’s attorney in Macon County.
■ Patrick Schumann, who currently works in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
■ Keisha Morris, Pike County’s chief public defender and clerk for the Village of Hamburg.
The interim state’s attorney will assume office on Jan. 16 and will hold that position until the Kingdom elect’s their state’s attorney in the 2022 election, who will take office on Dec. 1, 2022.
Following lengthy discussion in both open and closed session, as well as waiting for the county’s Democratic Party to make their recommendation, following established decorum, the commissioners appointed Keisha Morris as Calhoun’s interim state’s attorney.