Successful candidates from the Nov. 4 General Election took the Oath of Office on Wednesday during a Phelps County Courthouse swearing-in ceremony conducted by County Clerk Carol Bennett.


Successful candidates from the Nov. 4 General Election took the Oath of Office on Wednesday during a Phelps County Courthouse swearing-in ceremony conducted by County Clerk Carol Bennett.
Officers began their term Thursday, when the county’s fiscal year begins.
Bennett read the Oath of Office to newly elected Sheriff Rick Lisenbe and Surveyor Louis Gilbert and incumbent Commissioners Larry Stratman and Bud Dean, Coroner Larry Swinfard, Assessor Kevin Rasmussen and Administrator Kathy Oliver.
“I’m just glad it’s done. I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of Phelps County,” Sheriff Lisenbe said. Lisenbe, a Democrat, defeated Don Blankenship, a 20-plus year office holder, with 50.8 percent of the vote.
Gilbert, a Republican surveyor, won the office vacated by longtime county surveyor Dick Elgin.
“I’m so excited. I’m really looking forward to the next four years and serving the people,” Gilbert said.
Swinfard, the coroner, said he is looking forward to continuing his service to the community.
“I want to thank the people of Phelps County for electing me, and I will continue to serve this office in a way that will make all residents of the county proud.”
Rasmussen offered a straight-forward response.
“I look forward to serving another four years,” he said.
Oliver, who garnered 56 percent of the vote, also thanked voters.
“I’d like to thank the citizens of Phelps County, and I look forward to serving another four years.”
Stratman, the District 1 Commissioner,  thanked voters and his family for support.
“I’m pleased and honored that the people of District 1 have chosen to return me to office,” Stratman said. “I look forward to continuing our good work with Commissioners Dean and (Presiding official Randy) Verkamp. I would also like to thank my family for all their support,” Stratman said.
Verkamp, the only commissioner whose term did not expire, praised the team of county officials.
“I think the voters have sent us a wonderful group of elected officials who will keep Phelps County moving forward in the new year. We’re excited about working with everyone, and I’m optimistic that our spirit of cooperation will continue to bring success to Phelps County,” Verkamp said.