Otter appoints Gem County EMS chief to county commission

Mark Rekow has been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to replace Gem County Commissioner Michele Sherrer, who resigned last month to take another job.

Sherrer had been a commissioner for 10 years, but did not seek re-election. Her term ends in early January.

Otter filled the vacancy with Rekow, who was the top pick of the Gem County Republican Central Committee and is the GOP candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Otter's news release follows:

MARK REKOW NAMED TO FILL GEM COUNTY COMMISSION VACANCY

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Mark Rekow – longtime director of Gem County’s Emergency Medical Services – to the vacancy on the Gem County Commission left by last month’s resignation of District 3 Commissioner Michele Sherrer.

Rekow (REE’-koh), 50, was the first choice among three nominees submitted to the Governor by the Gem County Republican Central Committee to complete the balance of Sherrer’s term. He also is the GOP nominee for the same District 3 seat on the November 6 ballot.

“I’m humbled, and it truly is a privilege to serve. I am a lifelong resident of Gem County, so there’s a lot at stake; this is my home,” said Rekow, who has worked for Gem County since 1983 and has managed Emergency Medical Services since 1989.

He and his wife Kellie have two grown children.

Why not? It's in a state of shock after all.

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