Walter honored in last meeting as commissioner


GOSHEN COUNTY – The Goshen County Commission (GCC) convened for their regular meeting via Zoom on Dec. 15, Russell “Pinky” Walter’s last as a Goshen County commissioner.

Walter joined the commission in August 2019 to replace outgoing commissioner Wally Wolski, who was appointed to become the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Director of Rural Development for Wyoming.

Justin Burkart beat Walter and Cecil Sauer in the 2020 primary election with more than 40% of the vote. Burkart will be sworn in in January. 

Prior to his time as commissioner, Walter served as mayor of Lingle and town judge. 

County employees thanked Walter for his service to the county in delivering their reports. 

“Thank you, Mr. Walter; it was a pleasure working with you,” said Sheriff Kory Fleenor.

Walter received a plaque from the county and the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) following the meeting.

In other business, County Clerk Cindy Kenyon told the commissioners she’d received three applications as of Tuesday for open board positions, all for board members seeking reappointment to their positions. Applications are due to the county clerk’s office by Dec. 21. 

Steve Blundell of accounting firm Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP, presented findings of an external audit of the county’s finances. 

Blundell said the audit went well, and they did not detect any problems. He said he made a note about COVID-19, as it’s impacted the state’s, and in turn, the county’s finances and is expected to do so in the next 12 months, too. 

“In my opinion, it was a pretty good year, financially, especially given COVID-19,” Blundell said. “We’re just saying in there that COVID-19 did happen, and this could cause disruption in the county’s affairs.” 

Blundell told the commissioners the audit is still in draft form and would be finalized in the next few days.

The GCC will hold their next meeting on Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. on Zoom. The link to join the meeting can be found at goshencounty.org/commissioners/. Those wishing to address the council can request to be placed on the agenda by contacting Kenyon or speaking during the public comment period toward the end of the meeting. 

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