CLINTON — Newly-elected Clinton County Supervisor Denny Starling said he is very happy with the outcome of Tuesday’s election and looks forward to starting the job.

Starling, a Calamus Democrat, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election. Coming in second was Calamus Republican Jill Davisson, earning her fifth term on the board. Losing out was Lewis Todtz, a Camanche Republican and the current board chairman, who had sought a fourth term.

Davisson and Todtz ran unopposed in their bids for re-election in 2002; Clinton Democrat Grant Wilke was unopposed in his 2004 re-election bid.

Contacted by phone Wednesday morning, Starling said he looks forward to working with Wilke and Davisson and hopes to improve efficiency and the cost of county government.

Starling, who a semi-retired appraiser/auctioneer, is a fresh face on a fairly stable body. He is the first new supervisor since Wilke was elected in 2000, replacing the retiring Ross Spooner.

Despite his lack of experience, Starling said he is fairly knowledgeable of how the county works and how state and federal mandates affect many fiscal decisions.

“I don’t know the real minute details of a lot of them,” he admitted, “but I’m a quick study.”

Starling will be sworn in at the first county board meeting of the new year. He said voters can expect him to work for clarity in the county budgets. He feels the county must do a better job of explaining how mandated money is spent to residents who simply don’t understand the complex process.

He also will work to prioritize budget items that are under local control. While unable to cite specific examples, Starling said he has been concerned to see the Secondary Roads budget decrease each year and doesn’t “agree with a lot of allocations that have been made.”

Starling dislikes seeing a person come to the board to request funding and have them be told “‘We’ll find the money some place,’” he explained. “We need to fund the priorities first.”

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