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Published October 14, 2013, 05:54 PM

Griggs county to swear in new commission Monday

After an unprecedented recall election, the entire Griggs County Commission was replaced Monday. Locals say they're upset the former commission approved building a $3.5 million courthouse after voters turned the proposal down. New Griggs County Commissioners say their main goal is to listen to their constituents, something they say the previous commission didn't do.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

After an unprecedented recall election, the entire Griggs County Commission was replaced Monday. Locals say they're upset the former commission approved building a $3.5 million courthouse after voters turned the proposal down. New Griggs County Commissioners say their main goal is to listen to their constituents, something they say the previous commission didn't do.

The five new commissioners took their oath of office Monday night in Cooperstown. The ceremony comes a week after locals voted to recall all five sitting commissioners. The new courthouse at the center of the controversy will still be built. New commissioners John Wakefield and Ron Dahl say the courthouse wasn't the problem. They say they felt like they were being ignored by the commission. The new commissioners say their main goal is to give a voice back to the people.

"I don't think it was a vote, any one candidate to speak of. It was about the process itself, and this validated that no matter what happens, the citizens are in charge of their own destiny," Griggs County Commissioner John Wakefield said.

Griggs County Commissioner Ron Dahl said, "I hope we can encourage more people to attend the commissioner meetings and we'll definitely make them feel welcome when they do attend."

The new commissioners say they have any specific issues they want to tackle on the commission. They simply want to let the people have a say in their local government.

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