VERDIGRE, Neb. — The Verdigre Rural Fire Board held a special election Tuesday after one member resigned and two board members were removed from office in a recall election, leaving the board without a quorum.

Knox County Clerk Joann Fischer said Tuesday’s election was required because of the three vacancies on the five-member board.

“Had there been a quorum, the quorum would be able to appoint members to the board,” she said.

The first vacancy occurred when Marvin Soucek resigned from the board after he moved into the Village of Verdigre, which is not in the Verdigre Rural Fire District. Then, Duane Liska and Ronald Walton were removed from office in the Nov. 4 recall election by respective margins of 163-94 and 155-104.

Fischer said she was instructed by the Nebraska Secretary of State to conduct both the Nov. 4 recall and Tuesday’s special election.

As a result of Tuesday’s special election, the new rural fire board members are Carl Dobias, Wendell A. Rohrer and Philip Pierce, who received a respective 129, 126 and 121 votes. They will complete the terms ending September 2017.

The three winners will join current board members Don Forman and Ricky Kruse.

Walton and Liska, who had been recalled last November, received votes in Tuesday’s special election.

Write-in votes were received by Ron Walton 5, Loren McCormick and Ken Kucera 2 each, and Duane Liska, Matt Frank, Randall Klawitter and Brian Vakoc with 1 each.

The canvass will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday), and the official results will be issued at that time, Fischer said.

A legal notice in the Verdigre Eagle weekly newspaper announced the Verdigre Rural Fire Board will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to swear in the new members and to hold a reorganizational meeting, Fischer said.   

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