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Commissioners express appreciation for officials leaving office

December 28, 2018

MADISON — As members of the Madison County board of commissioners, Jim Prauner and Ron Schmidt didn’t always see eye-to-eye on every issue.

But they never took differences of opinions personally and never let them get in the way of their professional relationship.

That was part of the sentiments expressed Wednesday afternoon during the final county board meeting for Jim Prauner, who has been serving as chairman of the board but wasn’t re-elected earlier this year to another term in office.

Schmidt, who has been a commissioner for four years, said he appreciates the service of both Prauner and Nancy Scheer, the Madison County clerk and election commissioner, whose elected terms are ending. Scheer plans to continue on in the clerk’s office as an assistant to the new clerk, Anne Pruss.

“Madison County doesn’t know what they are losing,” Schmidt said of Prauner and Scheer

In all, Prauner has served as a commissioner for 16 years non-consecutively. Scheer has been clerk since 1986.

“We so appreciate you,” Schmidt said. “You have served Madison County respectfully, humbly and honorably and I so appreciate that.”

Schmidt said while he and Prauner have had disagreements, they didn’t let it linger on past the end of board meetings.

“We have been good friends and we will remain good friends,” he said. “That’s invaluable.”

Schmidt said he knows from talking to representatives of some other counties that tiffs carry on and can cause disruptions that are not easily forgotten.

Prauner said it has been a pleasure for him to serve the past 16 years. He also credited Scheer for all of her hard work, including putting in long days that many people don’t realize.

For her part, Scheer said she didn’t do her job alone.

“It’s the team that works behind me that doesn’t get any credit. That’s the only way that one can do a good job is for the team of workers on your staff (to work hard for the greater good),” she said.

Schmidt said Madison County also has been blessed with the service of two other elected officials whose terms are coming to an end — Nancy Gross, register of deeds, and Vern Hjorth, sheriff.

Commissioner Christian Ohl, in expressing appreciation for the retiring county officials, said he also had no idea how hard and how many hours elected officials put in until he was elected to the county and saw it firsthand.

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