Ellis County commissioners did a bit of reorganizing at Monday night’s meeting at the Administration Center.

Commissioner Dean Haselhorst was voted unanimously into the seat of president of the board of directors of the Ellis County Building Commission, then as chairperson of the Ellis County Commission. Commissioner Barbara Wasinger was voted 3-0 into vice president of the building commission and vice chairperson of the commission.

Haselhorst takes over the chair position from Marcy McClelland, who served both positions in 2015, her first year on the commission.

“I personally want to thank my co-commissioners, the elected officials, department heads and other county employees for support during the last year,” McClelland said. “This year was exciting times in the history of Ellis County. The Administrative Center has completed one year in the remodeled facility. The Emergency Services Building was completed, dedicated and occupied. The courthouse and law enforcement center are scheduled for completion next month. All these projects take time and patience along with everyone’s cooperation. The tax increase for last year was minimal, given the slump in oil evaluations. It is with pleasure that I hand the chairperson’s job to Dean Haselhorst.”

The position of chairman is not new to Haselhorst. A county commissioner for four-and-a-half years, he was the chairman in 2013. Before serving as county commissioner, Haselhorst was on the county planning and zoning board for five years.