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Columbia Missourian

Three people file for seats on Boone County fire board

By Laura Kebede
January 18, 2012 | 5:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Voters will have three candidates to choose from when they vote April 3 in the Boone County Fire Protection District board election.

Current board members Shelly Dometrorch and Phyllis Fugit are running for re-election, while Don Farris will be running for the second time for the board since 2006. 

Farris, 73, lost to Dometrorch when Myrtle Rapp left the board, vacating a seat. Farris has been on the board of directors for the Missouri Forest Products Association since 1980 and operates Sentinel Lumber and Hardware in Ashland. He said he has seen the Boone County Fire Protection District “go from nothing to what it is today” since its creation in 1964.

Farris said he decided to run again after several acquaintances asked if he planned to do so. Farris said he has not been to any Boone County Fire Protection District board meetings in the last year but plans to attend meetings soon to determine what changes most need to be made by the board.

Dometrorch, 51, has served one six-year term on the board and is also the owner of Hoops Unlimited in Rocheport. She plans to work with Fire District staff to update the personnel policy manual by adding or clarifying policies, such as disciplinary procedures when complaints are lodged against employees or volunteers.

Dometrorch said she would also create a rotation schedule to buy fire trucks through the general revenue budget instead of bond issues.

“I spent most of my first term cleaning up the mess that existed when I came in,” she said. “There are loose ends I really want to finish up.”

In 2007, Dometrorch discovered that former Chief Steve Paulsell was drawing a salary $37,800 more than the board had recommended. In November 2008, the Fire District underwent a major shake-up when Paulsell resigned.

Fugit,66, has served one four-year term and is also the chair of the Boone County Democratic Central Committee. One of her goals if re-elected is to continue to assist in updating the personnel policy manual. She said she would also like to approve bond issues to have more stations built near Battle High School in northeast Columbia to accommodate population growth.

The deadline to file for election to the board was Tuesday. The two candidates with the highest votes will serve six-year terms.