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Bartels replaces Gilles on Pierce County Board

An engineer who has worked for a local company for 33 years and served on a town board for 14 years is the newest member of the Pierce County Board.

During their May 26 meeting, county supervisors elected L. Ronald Bartels, Isabelle Township, to fill the unexpired term of Bill Gilles, who died in March.

Bartels will represent the village of Bay City, the towns of Isabelle and Hartland and parts of El Paso and Salem.

County Board Chairman Paul Barkla had asked for applications for the position. Bartels was the only person who applied.

Bartels, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa, has worked for Thomas & Betts (Meyer Industries) in Hager City for 33 years.

He has served 14 years on the Isabelle Town Board, six years on the Red Wing Regional Airport Board and a year as the airport board's chairman.

He and his wife of 42 years, Dottie, have three children and six grandchildren.

The town boards of Isabelle and Hartland recommended him for the position, and more than 60 people from Hartland and Isabelle signed petitions supporting his candidacy.

Following his appointment to the County Board, Bartels was appointed to its Board of Health, Building Committee and Solid Waste Management Committee.

Supervisors elected Rich Purdy, River Falls Township, to succeed Gilles on the Finance and Personnel Committee and Jim Ross, Elmwood, to replace Gilles on the Human Services Committee.

Jeff Holst, Diamond Bluff, will replace Gilles on the Fair Committee, and Ben Plunkett, River Falls, will replace him on the West CAP board.