Loest Takes Center Chair, Bridges On Commission’s Mind
8 Jan 2020
Community, Election, Yankton
It was reorganization day for the Yankton County Commission Tuesday, and it resulted in a new face in the center chair.
This time, it was Commissioner Cheri Loest being elected as chairperson. She steps into the role that had been filled by Dan Klimisch for the past year.
Commissioner Joseph Healy was subsequently elected co-chair.
Following Tuesday night’s meeting, Loest told the press that she’s learned one major fact about local government over the past year.
“I have learned why government moves as slow as it does,” she said. “There are lots of rules and regulations that folks often don’t understand. There’s reasons the government moves so slow, hopefully forcing us to invest a little more time in the decisions that we make. You come in, you want to solve the world’s problems and then you quickly realize it’s a little slower process.”
She added that her experiences in the private sector have helped prepare her for the new role.
“My years working in industry has certainly helped me to understand you can’t let things fall through the cracks and working together with the other four commissioners is going to be key to that,” she said. “That’s the other challenge — most of us in the private sector are used to doing a job. Here, we have five commissioners doing the same job, so it is a challenge at times. Communication, for me, this year is going to be key for a successful year.”