Four members of Lansing City Council take oath of office – Leavenworth Times

Connie Parish Special to the Times

A new member of Lansing City Council and three veteran members officially took their seats on Monday to begin a new term.

Dan Clemons was the only new member to sit on the Lansing Board. Clemons said he ran for the seat to give back to the community. An army veteran who retired in 2003 said he was an officer in the military procurement corps and believed experience would be useful. His main goal, according to Clemons, is “to try to involve people more and to become more aware of what is happening in the community”.

Clemons, a native of Oklahoma who enrolled in 1974, graduated from northeast Oklahoma state.

He now works as a contractor for the army. In addition to his work, Clemons found that he is active in the Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Bonner Springs and that he is also “raising my children”.

Ron Dixon, chosen for that seat in the election by Mayor Tony McNeill, had initially stood for election, but resigned a few months before the election, finding that he had been too busy serving as assistant pastor for the First Missionary Baptist Church was and attended seminars. However, his name remained on the ballot because it was too late to remove it.

But essentially all of the council members were unilateral in their applications for office.

Don Studnicka, one of the other three on the November ballot, is the longest serving councilor. He begins his sixth term. Studnicka, also a military veteran, retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Kerry Brungardt, who was the principal of Lansing Middle School for 30 years, is starting his fourth semester. Brungardt, who said he is now enjoying retirement, said he had been in education for 38 to 39 years, initially as a sixth grade teacher in the Fort Leavenworth School District.

Dave Trinkle, who was elected by the Council in 2000 for an unexpired term, begins his sixth term.

He has been working for the Storage Box for around 20 years.

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