County Commissioners

Regular Sessions

  • 9 am
  • 1st and 3rd Monday (unless a holiday, then they will meet on Tuesday)
  • Russell County Courthouse
    401 N Main
    Commission Room in the basement of the old building
    Russell, KS, 67665

Agendas & Minutes

View the most current meeting agenda.


The County Commissioners are the Chief Executives of the County and are elected to 4 year terms.

  • Steve Reinhardt
    Commissioner 1st District
    Phone: 785-483-1513
    Email the 1st District Commissioner
    Townships and Cities:
    • Ward 4 in City of Russell
    • Big Creek
    • Grant
    • Center
    • Fairfield
    • Lincoln
    • Russell
    • Winterset
  • Daron Woelk
    Commissioner 2nd District
    Phone: 785-483-7873
    Email the 2nd District Commissioner
    Townships and Cities:
    • Paradise Township
    • Ward 1 in City of Russell
    • Ward 2 in City of Russell
  • John W Strobel (Duke)
    Commissioner of 3rd District
    Phone: 785-483-0354
    Email the 3rd District Commissioner
    Townships and Cities:
    • Fairview
    • Luray
    • Plymouth
    • Waldo
    • Ward 3 in the City of Russell

Duties of the County Commission

The Russell County Commissioners are vested by Kansas State Statute 19-212 with both legislative and administrative powers and duties. These powers and duties include the following:

  • Supervision of county property
  • Organization of township following statutory procedures
  • Control of the financial affairs of the county
  • Approval of the annual budget
  • Levying of county taxes
  • Designation of depositories for the County Treasurer
  • Construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges
  • Approval of land use and zoning policies for the county
  • Issuance of bonds
  • Awarding of contracts
  • Incorporation of cities
  • Creation of special districts
  • Setting of salaries of all county officials
  • Providing a jail, courthouse, office space, and supplies for all county officers and the district court
  • Appointment of members of various boards and commissions
  • The Commission also serves as the County Board of Canvassers for elections.

Review the Counties and County Officers Chapter 19 Kansas Statute for more information.