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Davison Co. seeks new veterans service officer

Davison County Commissioner John Claggett points across the room at the board's Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices. Commissioner Denny Kiner listens in the background. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

Davison County is on the hunt for its next veterans service officer, but the reason for Jessica Davidson's ouster remains clouded in mystery.

At Tuesday's regular Davidson County Commission meeting, the board decided to accept applications for the veterans service officer position until Dec. 29. Davidson was terminated from the position last week, one day after an closed-door executive session was held at the Davison County North Offices.

Neither Commission Chair Brenda Bode nor Commissioner John Claggett would offer details about Davidson's firing.

Until the position is filled, the county has a part-time staffer on duty from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Davison County North Offices to aid veterans with a wide variety of issues.

The position will be advertised in the newspaper and the Davison County website, but Bode hoped to cast a wider net for applicants.

"We need to get it into a bigger pool," Bode said.

Other business

In other business, the commission:

• Approved minutes from the previous meeting, approved timesheets and bills, signed an S.D. Department of Health agreement and acknowledged volunteers.

• Held a closed-door executive session with Director of Equalization Kathy Goetsch. After the session, the commission approved a motion to allow advertising for two separate administrative assistant positions.

• Discussed several miscellaneous items in anticipation of the last meeting of December and the first meeting of January.

• Acknowledged the absence of Commissioner Randy Reider.