When Commissioner Jim Sherer passed away last month, it left a vacancy on the City Commission that needed to be filled as soon as possible. Jim Lembright has been appointed to that position, for the 10 months that remain in Sherer's term.
What is it you do here in Dodge City?
I work for Cargill Animal Nutrition. Basically, I sell feed to local cattle yards. I work with retail and feedlots, or any cattle operation. I provide feed and nutritional services.
You were on the commission before, when was that, and what made you want to serve?
Yes, I served a two year term from 2006 to 2008. I was, and still am, involved with CFAB, the Community Facilities Advisory Board, and stayed in touch with activities that were going on in the city. It just made sense to run for commissioner.
Now, replacing Jim [Sherer] is bittersweet for me. He was such a wonderful advocate for Dodge, a great ambassador and commissioner and just an all around good guy, Jim actually sang at my wife and I's wedding nearly 40 years ago. It's unfortunate that we lost him, but I feel honored that I was asked to be his replacement, and hope I can do him justice.
What are some issues the commission is facing that you think will be challenging?
Well, budget time is coming up which is always interesting and challenging. Trying to provide all the services that Dodge City needs and offers while keeping taxes in check can be a challenge. And there are several street repair projects going on now that could be a challenge.
More about Jim Lembright
Hometown: Born and raised in Dodge City
Family: Married, two sons and three grandchildren
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