Lensing takes over 2nd District Commissioner duties

By: 
Theo Tate

New 2nd District Commissioner Doug Lensing reads the Oath of Allegiance while Kathy Hancock looks on. THEO TATE PHOTO

When Doug Lensing was sworn in as 2nd District Commissioner on Dec. 31 at the Montgomery County Courthouse, he was happy that his wife Sharon was in attendance.

“She wanted to be here and she’s very proud,” Lensing said. “She was a very important part of the campaign and a very important part of me doing this because it wouldn’t have worked without her support. I needed her to help take care of some of those things that I might not have time for now because this is going to take some time.”

Lensing, a Rhineland resident, will replace John Noltensmeyer as 2nd District Commissioner. Noltensmeyer, who also lives in Rhineland, retired after 20 years.

“The reality made it a little more real,” Lensing said. “It drives home that there’s a solemn obligation here to the county and to the citizens of the county to take care of things to the best of your ability and do it with a true sense of seriousness. You have to make sure it’s not done in a frivolous and unthoughtful way.”

On Dec. 31, 1992, Lensing saw his father, Carl, get sworn in as 2nd District Commissioner. Lensing said he never thought he would be elected as a commissioner three decades later.

“I didn’t think that would be the case,” he said. “I knew that I wanted to serve. I served on town boards. I was on the Montgomery City Council and I was on the Village of Rhineland Board of Trustees. I had to go through swearing-in ceremonies for both of those, but this (county commissioner) is a little more to the next level.”

Lensing said he was told by Noltensmeyer and Rich Daniels – who retired as 1st District Commissioner after 20 years – that he could always contact them for advice.

“They made themselves completely available for council and for information,” Lensing said. “They’re not leaving us high and dry. They’re going to be there to help us.”

Lensing said he’s looking forward to working with Dave Teeter, who will be the 1st District Commissioner.

“We need to be very aware of our decisions in how they affect people, whether they’re county employees or county residents or whomever,” Lensing said. “It’s all about taking care of people. That’s what government is. They pointed us to be stewards of the money and the resources in the county in order to maintain the roads, provide public safety and public health. If we lose sight of that, we don’t need to be here.”

Lensing, who works as an agent for American National Insurance in Hermann, beat Heather Rajchart by more than 600 votes in the commissioner race in the primary election in August. Three months later, he ran unopposed in the general election.

Lensing said now that he’s working as a county commissioner, he will continue to get help from his wife.

“I’m still working a job,” he said. “I’ve got an insurance agency that I have to run and maintain. She’s going to help fill some of the gaps that I have now that I’ll have more time to spend with the county and its situations. She’s a very important part of the puzzle.”  

 

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