Reno County Commissioner Bob Bush, as the tie-breaking vote loomed Wednesday in determining which of two people should be appointed Reno Township clerk, observed that he didn’t know if he should throw a coin up.

Then he said he would support the recommendation that came from the township board and vote for Gregg Hoskinson.

County Commissioner Dan Deming, who favored Jane Gamber for the appointment, raised the idea before the formal vote of following through with Bush’s remark about flipping a coin. That would have boosted Gamber's odds.

When you lose the vote, you can’t call a different game, Bush said to Deming. Commission Chairman Ron Hirst considered the coin toss what commissioners did when there is a tied election race. 

Deming ultimately voted for Hoskinson, too, because he was a good choice, too, for the position.

The job became open because Township Clerk Dee Gorton moved out of the township. Gerald Shafer is township treasurer and RJ Wenzel is township trustee. It is rare for two people to seek appointment from the county commission for a vacant township post. All commissioners viewed Hoskinson, who has years of experience with Hoskinson Sand and Gravel, and Gamber, a retired English teacher and regular attendee of township board members, as qualified.

In other business Wednesday, commissioners:

-Approved the 2019 salary for County Administrator Gary Meagher, who marked his ninth year on the job on Aug. 1, 2018. Meagher will get a 3 percent hike in base pay, to $129,912, and a 3 percent increase in deferred compensation, to $25,227 yearly. His $25 monthly cell phone allowance and $500 monthly car allowance will be unchanged in 2019. The 3 percent increase for Meagher mirrors the pay increase in 2019 for most county employees. Newer employees moving from Step 1 to Step 2 on the scale will get a 2 percent increase. Commissioners praised Meagher’s job performance.

Reappointed Lisa French and Mary Lynn Baker to the Reno County Planning Commission.
Gave the go-ahead to the Reno County Clerk’s office to destroy materials from the 2016 presidential election.