One of Douglas County’s longest serving supervisors is stepping down in April.
Supervisor Doug Finn, who served as the Board’s chairman for 20 years, announced he won’t be seeking another term on the Douglas County Board.
“It was 50 years ago this month that I took out papers to run for City Council,” Finn said. “Well time flies by and I’ve served on the County Board for close to 40 years, and I don’t have the energy that is required to do a real good job on this. Hopefully, I accomplished something and above all, hopefully I treated people with respect.”
Finn stepped down from his chairmanship in 2016 to sit among fellow members in the gallery and to focus on issues important to his constituents.
Chairman Mark Liebaert said back in 2000, he testified before eight different county boards and numerous town and school boards about a contentious issue.
“Out of those eight, there really was only one county board that was fair and treated people with respect on both sides of the issue,” Liebaert said. “That was the Douglas County Board. And I think that was due entirely to Doug Finn’s leadership.”
Liebaert said he’s model his own role as chairman based on how Finn conducted the board.
“I’ve always tried to honor what he’s taught us here,” Liebaert said.
Finn will step down in April, following the spring election April 7.
County Clerk Susan Sandvick said Finn’s decision leaves the 3rd District without a candidate to serve in the upcoming election.
Candidates can still get on the ballot for the spring election. The deadline to file nomination papers is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.
For information on running for Douglas County Board, call the County Clerk’s Office at 715-395-1568 or stop by Room 101 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St.