The only commissioner returning following the November elections, Pat Collins was elected chairman of the board for the year 2009.

Newly elected District 2 commissioner Jack Garner was elected vice-chairman.

Following the reorganization of the commission several appointments were made including :

•Leonard Vannatta as county engineer and acting road supervisor.

•American Bank of Baxter Springs and Columbus as the working bank for the county and all other banks will serve as depositories.

•The Columbus Daily Advocate was named the official County newspaper.

•Kevin Cure  was appointed the commissioners legal advisor.

•Jason Allison was appointed County emergency Preparedness Director for the year 2009.

Sheriff David Groves and Undersheriff Terry Clugsont came before the commissioners with research on other law enforcement personnel in the area and wanted to make his employees compensation comparable. The board approved pay increases for the Sheriff’s Department employees. The sheriff and undersheriff were specifically excluded from this increase.