Saturday, March 7, 2015

New County Administrator

By Will Bublitz

A new Lincoln County Administrator was selected by the Board of County Commissioners last week.
At their Thursday, Feb. 26 meeting, the commissioners chose Gary Ensign of Hugo as the county’s next top administrator.

Ensign is filling the vacancy that will be left by the upcoming retirement of Roxie Devers, who has served as the County Administrator since 1999.

“I’m looking forward to working with the county commissioners and the department heads to help Lincoln County move forward,” Ensign said upon his selection.

Ensign was among the three applicants chosen to be interviewed by the board last Thursday. After conducting the interviews, the commissioners voted 2-1 to select Ensign for the job.

Ensign has a long history of local government service. He was a full-time employee of the Town of Hugo for 34 years, including serving as its Town Manager, Treasurer and Chief Marshal. He resigned from the town on July 1, 2013.

Because of Ensign’s background in local government, Devers expressed confidence in his ability to do the job.

“I think Gary can step in and assume the duties of County Administrator without any trouble,” she said.

Ensign is scheduled to begin work on his new position on a part-time basis starting May 1. By June 1, he will start full-time employment by June 1.

Devers, who officially retires August 31, will be training and assisting Ensign during the transition. She announced her plans to retire late last year. The county began advertising for a replacement in January and received eight applications for the position, including two from current county employees.

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