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District Judge Taylor Wine swears in Osage County elected officials. Left to right, county attorney Brandon Jones, commissioner Ken Kuykendall, commissioner Gaylord Anderson, register of deeds Linda Massey, treasurer Jo Ann Hamilton, county clerk Rhonda Beets and sheriff Laurie Dunn.

Elisabeth Gaston | Reporter

LYNDON—The Jan. 14 Osage County Commission meeting was preceded by the swearing in of elected county officials. In the meeting, commissioners went through reorganization of the board of county commissioners and heard from the land development department.

Osage County District Judge Taylor J. Wine swore in Osage County Commissioners Ken Kuykendall and Gaylord Anderson, county clerk Rhonda Beets, treasurer Jo Ann Hamilton, register of deeds Linda Massey, county attorney Brandon Jones and sheriff Laurie Dunn.

Commissioner Carl Meyer nominated Kuykendall for chairman and the motion carried. The board reappointed health department director Anne Gray, noxious weed supervisor Leo Williams, Emergency Preparedness Director Bryce Romine, Road and Bridge supervisor Glen Tyson, Senior Center Director Byron Jordan, GIS Director Rebecca Bartley, Economic Development Director Stephanie Watson and Osage County Surveyor Steve Brosemer.
Commissioners awarded a contract to COF services which gives the company $34,322 spaced out in four payments. COF services works with mentally and physically handicapped in Coffey, Osage and Franklin counties.

They then split the money that comes to the county from the tax on alcohol sales between the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas and Drug Free Osage County, Inc. MHCECK offers behavioral healthcare and alcohol and drug information school, substance abuse evaluation and treatment. Drug Free Osage County, Inc. works to educate teens and young adults about substance abuse.

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