After contentious debate and even arguing at times on Monday, Dubois County Commissioner Randy Fleck was elected the panel’s president for 2014 during the panel’s annual vote for both president and vice-president.
Fleck was elected president Monday despite objections from Larry Vollmer the commission’s outgoing president. At issue was how a 2009 paving project near the Dubois County 4H Fairgrounds during Fleck’s previous tenure as commission president. Vollmer tells NewsNow Dubois County that the project never came before the full commission.
Fleck countered Monday that Vollmer signed off on the project. Vollmer then said his signature may have been forged because he doesn’t remember the paving project ever coming before the full commission. Vollmer says Fleck went to directly to the county’s highway department demanding Deer Trail Road be paved. Vollmer says he doubts the project’s approval is in the commission’s meeting minutes.
Monday, Fleck was elected president and the third commissioner on the board, Doug Uebelhor was elected vice-president. Fleck and Vollmer are democrats; Uebelhor is a republican.
Vollmer says he does not plan to challenge Monday’s votes, but he does say this is not how county government should operate. Vollmer has been commission president since the start of 2011. Fleck was president for the two years before that.
Prior to Monday’s vote, Uebelhor released a statement that included, ““I feel it’s important to separate the job we were elected to do from the politics. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen with the election of officers last year.”
The commission president is paid $29,150 a year. The other two commissioners are paid $25,450.