Seth Howard

Atchison County Road and Bridge Superintendent Seth Howard, left, and County Clerk Michelle Phillips perform official duties during a recent county and township meeting in Lancaster.

Seth Howard has been terminated from his position as superintendent of the Atchison County Road and Bridge Department.

Commissioners took action to terminate Howard effective Tuesday, April 30, following a five-minute executive session to discuss a non-elected personnel matter with Howard and Director Jamie Madison, of the county’s human resource department.

Commissioners resumed their meeting in public session, Chairman Jack Bower asked if there was any other business.

Commissioner Henry W. “Bill” Pohl made a motion. “To take a different direction with the road and bridge department and to terminate Seth Howard as of today,” Pohl said.

Vice-chairman Eric Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Jack Bower called for a vote, which was unanimous at 3-0. Commissioners then proceeded to adjourn for the day. Howard was hired to lead the county’s road and bridge department in June of 2015.

Attempts to reach Bower and Howard for further comment on the decision did not receive a response before press time on Tuesday.

Information for this story is based on the unofficial commission meeting notes of Kalee Vanderweide, of the county clerk’s office and

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