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Douglas County Board takes office following spring election

One new board member joined the 21-member board following the April 5 vote.

Government Center in Superior.
Government Center Boardroom, Superior.
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — The Douglas County Board officially took office Tuesday, April 19, following the April 5 election.

Only one board member is new to the board of supervisors: William “Bill” Fennessey was elected to replace Peter Clark, who decided not to seek reelection after five years on the board.

In the 3rd District, where no candidates appeared on the ballot, Marquise Slay won his write-in race after being appointed to the board in October.

The board also selected its leadership Tuesday night after taking oaths of office before Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Thimm.

Board Chair Mark Liebaert will retain his post after garnering unanimous approval of his nomination. Mary Lou Bergman was selected as vice chair after garnering more board votes than Alan Jaques, who was also nominated. Scott Luostari was selected to be second vice chair and Rosemary Lear will serve as third vice chair after garnering unanimous approval from the board.

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The only business the board conducted Tuesday night was to accept Douglas County Administrator Ann Doucette’s recommendation to appoint William Whiteside as the county’s next finance director. Whiteside will replace Candy Holm-Anderson, who plans to retire May 2.

The next county board meeting will be held May 19.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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