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By Randy Pierce
Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler’s proposed appointment of Alan Secrest to the Troy Fire Protection District Board of Trustees has been postponed for a few weeks after being brought before a committee for consideration earlier this month.
The appointment was one of several, two of them concerning fire districts, appearing on the agenda of the county board’s government relations committee on Tuesday, May 2, when its chairman, Stacey Pace of Troy, requested that no action be taken on Secrest, commenting, “I need to do a little more research if that would be acceptable.”
Pace was agreeable to bringing the Secrest appointment back before the committee when it meets again in June. There are five trustee positions on the Troy Fire Protection District Board filled by individuals serving terms of three years each.
Secrest, whose term would expire in May or June of 2026, is a former director of public works for the City of Troy, having retired from that position and being succeeded by Rob Hancock in 2016. The trustee seat he would be taking replaces the one held by Ryan Cunningham.
In April, over a dozen individuals were approved at the regular monthly meeting of the Madison County Board for appointments to similar positions involved in various fire districts within its jurisdiction. Those also had gone through the government relations committee chaired by Pace and were approved unanimously.
Among them was Luke Harris for the fire district in Glen Carbon. At the government relations committee meeting of May 2, the reappointment of Frank Dunn, a data integrity manager with Cirium Pharma in Maryland Heights, Missouri, to another term of three years for the Glen Carbon district was approved without opposition.
The additional appointments approved May 2 at the same committee level and being forwarded to the county board for consideration at its regular monthly meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, May 17, at 5 p.m. include:
-Stephanie Pennington, a two-year term, expiring in 2025, replacing Steve Smith, on the Madison County Board of Review;
-Jay Rensing and Kurt Johnson, replacing Walter Steiner and Alan Libbra, who both passed away, respectively, on the Madison County Farmland Assessment Review Committee, their terms of indefinite duration;
David Schwind, reappointment for a three-year term to expire in June of 2026 on the board of the Madison County Flood Protection District.