Year in Review 2021: County changes
district borders, elects all county board positions in
reapportionment; assessor and zoning department heads change,
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[January 06, 2022]
In 2021, due to a decline in population, by
state law the Logan County Board had to decide on reapportionment -
whether to stay in districts, the number of districts and district
Additional changes for the board included a new
board member being appointed to fill a vacant seat and county
department heads leaving for new jobs or retiring.
In May, the board voted on several areas related to reapportionment
of the county board.
Reapportionments may happen every 10 years as defined by a change in
census. A significant change in population required change to the
county board districts and all board positions must be elected at
Logan County has six districts with two representatives from each
district. Every two years six board members, or one from each
district, runs for a four-year term. This staggers keeping one
experienced board member representing each district.
Two items under consideration were keeping the county board size at
twelve and remaining in districts versus at large representation
with no districts. After some discussion, the board voted to keep
the number of board members at 12 and stay in districts.
June 3, 2021 -
Logan County Board to stay in districts with 12 board members and
board elected chairman, changes per diems
Though the board voted in June to stay in districts rather than
having 'at large' representation, due to the shift in population
location, a couple of districts became unequal to other districts,
there was a need for reapportionment of two districts.
In Logan County Zoning Officer Will D’Andrea’s September report to
the Logan County Planning and Zoning Committee, Logan County’s 2020
Census data does not meet the standard for existing district
boundaries. District 4 just has 3,913 residents, which falls below
the 10 percent variation between districts. The variation would be
To make needed changes, D’Andrea presented a few ideas. He said the
easiest adjustment is to move the boundaries of District 2 and
District 4. The existing District 4 boundaries were College,
Kickapoo and State Street. The proposal is to move the boundary west
to follow Third Street, Lincoln Parkway and Broadwell Drive, which
have been part of District 2.
Adjusting the boundaries this way would reduce the size of District
2 and increase the size of District 4 and mean the numbers for each
would fall in the required population range. Each district would
still have two members even if the boundaries were moved.
Another discussion involved going down from six districts to four
districts with three members in each district. D’Andrea proposed two
different options for a four-district structure that would comply
with the population requirements.
In option 1, D’Andrea said Lincoln would be split into east and west
districts. The other two districts would be in the northern and
southern parts of the county including some of the more rural areas.
Option 2 is to have four districts split into four quadrants. With
this option, D’Andrea said each district would have part of the city
of Lincoln in it and be a mix of city and country areas. Three
members would be in each district for this option.
Planning and Zoning committee members had mixed opinions on the two
options with some feeling it would be better to go with option 1 and
reduce the districts from six to four. Others felt it would be
better to keep six districts, which would allow for more geographic
distribution on the board.
At the board’s October voting session, board members present moved
on the Reapportionment Plan. After more discussion with the full
board weighing the options, the board voted to stay with six
districts and change the boundaries of Districts 2 and
October 10, 2021 -
Logan County Board to redefine district borders, considers reduction
in number of districts.
forces county districting change
Logan County Board decides to stay at six
districts and modify border lines
Link to map showing new district
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Changes on the board and in county offices
In May, Cameron Halpin announced his intention to resign from the
board effective June 30. Halpin stepped down from his seat on the
board due to the demands of his full-time career, rigors of the
graduate program he will soon begin and affection and commitment to
In June, Halpin was recognized for serving on the Logan County Board
since July 2019 and chairing the Animal Control Committee and a tech
At the end of the June meeting, the board approved appointing Dale
Nelson to fill County Board District 6 vacancy left by Halpin.
Nelson ran against Halpin in the November election and reached out
to County Board Chairman Emily Davenport when he heard Halpin would
be stepping down. Nelson told the board he wants to do what is right
for the county while working with the other board members. His
appointment was effective July 1.
June 19, 2021 -
June Logan County Board briefs
A retirement of a long-time county employee brought another change.
After serving the county in various roles for 46 years that included
EMT, paramedic and Supervisor at ALMH, and CEO and Operations
Director for Logan County Paramedic Association, Steve Siltman
retired. Siltman was honored in March for his many years of service
to the county and his help creating the LCPA.
March 23, 2021-Logan
County Board credits and honors Steve Siltman for changing paramedic
service to residents
Other changes in county employees included a new assessor appointed
to fill a spot vacated this summer when Jennifer Campbell took a job
in a different county. Campbell began her new role in June and the
county searched over the summer for someone to fill her role.
At a special meeting August 26, Jennifer Bryant was appointed as the
new Logan County Supervisor of Assessments. She has several years of
experience in an assessor’s office and took many classes to become a
certified assessor before taking the job as Supervisor of
Assessments in Piatt County in summer 2018.
Before she could start the job in Logan County, Bryant had to wrap
up her job in Piatt County. Bryant officially took office on Monday,
October 14, 2021 -
September Logan County Board briefs: Fifth Street cable moves in
preparation for road renovation
The year ended with resignation of Logan County Zoning Officer Will
D’Andrea who has taken a new job with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The board is considering various options for the position and will
discuss the options at January’s Planning and Zoning Committee