Crookston Township, embroiled in controversy for much of the past year, will have a new look on its board of supervisors after it held elections earlier this week.
Township resident Dean Adams, who was one of the leaders of a movement last year to get answers involving road and maintenance work done by township employee Jerry Reitmeier for two decades, ran for the board of supervisors seat up for election this year, held by Sue Reitmeier, Jerry Reitmeier’s spouse, and won in overwhelming fashion.
Unofficial vote totals had Adams with 86 votes, followed by Sue Reitmeier, who sought another term, with 12 votes, and Sam Kezar with 11. Kezar last year was appointed by the board of supervisors as township treasurer when Dennis Kuzel resigned. He sought a full term on the board as well. Delores “Dee” Myerchin received a single write-in vote.
As for treasurer, Lisa Cormican sought the post and was elected with 101 votes. Kezar received two write-in votes and Darrell Cymbaluk received one write-in vote.
As for others on the board, Doug Qualley’s term will be up for election next year, and Gerald DeBoer’s seat will be up for election the year after that.
To his knowledge, Adams said he’s not aware of that many township residents ever turning out to cast ballots before. He said he was happy with the results, and humbled by the confidence township residents are placing in him.
“I see good things coming up in our township,” he said. “Transparency is my first priority, just having an open environment where residents can come in and voice their concerns and the board will listen.”