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Cattau eager for new Colfax County job

January 2, 2019

Lynton Cattau said he benefited so much from being born and raised in nearby Colfax County, so it only makes sense for him to want to give back to it.

“It’s one of the best lives I think I could have. Colfax County is rural - everyone knows their neighbors. I’ve been here all my life and I thought it was about time I contribute,” he said. “I want to make it so everyone enjoys the good life in Colfax County.”

Cattau has lived in Leigh his entire life and been serving Colfax County as a road grader for nearly two decades, but just before Christmas was appointed to the county’s District 1 Board of Commissioners seat by a committee made of Colfax County Clerk Rita M. Mundil, Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl and Colfax County Treasurer Janis Kasik. Cattau was appointed to the position during the most recent Board of Commissioners meeting, where it was also decided he would officially take office Jan. 1, according to Kracl. Cattau will finish out the two years left on the term of the late Jeffrey Bauman, who unexpectedly passed away a couple of months ago, as previously reported by The Columbus Telegram.

The county received 10 solid applicants, according to Mundil, who added the committee felt good about Cattau.

“He just interviewed very, very well, and we believe he will be a great asset for the county,” Mundil said.

Cattau expressed his enthusiasm for joining the board.

“I am excited about getting in there to try to do my civic duty to help out,” he said. “I enjoy working with the roads and the public. I just thought this would be a good thing for me to do.”

A big part of what drives Cattau is family – he’s a family man at heart. He and his wife, Diane, a third-grade teacher at Centennial Elementary School in Columbus, have been married for 40 years. They have two grown daughters (Whitney and Jess) and five grandchildren. Whitney is married to Andrew Sunderman, who together have two daughters and a son. Jess is married to Michael Fry, who have a son and a daughter.

“Family has been important all my life,” he said. “I do what I can for them.”

Cattau said he plans to work to maintain taxes at a decent rate and improve rural Colfax County roads. His experience with roads and where he lives played a part in why he was chosen for the county board, said Kracl, a Columbus native.

“He has years of experience in the roads department and he lives in the more northern portion of the county,” Kracl said, noting the seat covers the area from Richland to Leigh, as well as western and southern parts of Schuyler. “He did an excellent job in the interview and I think he’ll do a good job as a county commissioner.”

Cattau said he wants people to know they can count on him to do his best and that he will be available to them.

“I consider myself a very responsible person,” he said. “If you need something, my door will always be open to talk. If you have problems, we can work together to get them addressed.”

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at mattlindberg@lee.net.

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