WILLISTON, N.D. - It was 24 years ago that Williams County Commissioner Dan Kalil was elected, and Tuesday was his last commission meeting.
Several friends and colleagues were on hand Tuesday morning at the Williams County Commission meeting to celebrate Dan Kalil’s dedication to the county.
“It was an opportunity and a gift, and I was honored to have served with a lot of great people,” says Kalil.
Kalil announced earlier this year that he wouldn't seek reelection for his District Two seat. He was first elected in 1992.
“I have never seen him make a decision, in the 10 years I have been on the board, that wasn’t in the best interest of the county," says Martin Hanson, Williams County Commissioner.
The third generation farmer and rancher says he's looking forward to spending more time with his family and finishing home improvement projects that have piled up for the last 24 years.
“For 24 years I put the county first, the farm second and my family third. That was the wrong order, and now I’m going to reverse that order. But somehow it all worked out,” says Kalil.
Kalil has served on city, county and state boards and has left a lasting impression.
“We need people like Dan, who is a true leader, that has his beloved Williams County and the city of Williston in his heart," says Williston Mayor Howard Klug.
“He has seen a lot of things come and go. That knowledge is huge. That is probably the biggest thing I’m going to miss,” says David Montgomery, Williams County Commissioner.
For Kalil, its being part of the process of helping others.
“Problems and solutions are the business that we are in. You pick up the phone and call a department head and problems get solved. That is the part I am going to miss - that is where the satisfaction came from,” says Kalil.
A satisfaction that has lasted almost a quarter of a century.
Steve Kemp was elected last week to fill Kalil's county seat. He will start next month.