Randal Neely

GREG LOWER

ERIE — The Neosho County Clerk has submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 11.

County Clerk Randal Neely submitted his letter of resignation as clerk and county election official to Commission Chair Gail Klaassen, County Counselor Seth Jones and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday.

He said Neosho County Republican Party chairman Don Alexander will send out a notice for a local caucus within 21 days. The caucus will select a replacement to submit to Kelly’s office, and she will make the formal appointment within seven days.

Neely, 68, said he will look for a job with less stress. He also has family in Oklahoma where he owns a house.

During the past year, he said, he has received calls from all sides of the Neosho Ridge Wind project controversy and understands all of their points of view.

Neely was appointed county clerk to complete the term of previous clerk Wayne Gibson, Jr. Neely took office Aug. 1, 2007, and his term expires Jan. 1, 2021.

Before becoming county clerk, Neely worked for the state of Kansas for 24 years, first with the Department of Human Resources and later with the Department of Commerce.

Neely’s father George Neely was Neosho County Sheriff from 1963 to 1971, and his uncle was a county commissioner.

The clerk’s office is currently seeking a replacement for deputy clerk and election official Rhonda Coronado, who resigned effective Friday to take a position in Johnson County. Bookkeeper Emily Piersall has been with the clerk’s office for about a year, and one other position in the office is also vacant.

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