Smith leaving post with election board

    After 15 years on the Adams County Election Board, Ralph Smith Jr. of rural Decatur has resigned, effective February 28, citing "health problems and my desire to travel for six months out of the year."
    Smith, a Republican, was replaced by Abby Dyer of Decatur, who was named by county Republican Party Chairman Rob Noetzel. Dyer is the wife of Decatur City Councilman Matt Dyer.
    Smith said in making the announcement, "I have enjoyed this position for 15 years and the support from my coworkers, [Democratic election board member] Alan Baumgartner, and the clerk's office personnel."
    Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart, who is on the election board by virtue of her office, said of Smith, "I feel very privileged to have worked with him. He is a friend and a co-worker. I really appreciate his service" and the dedication he gave to the job.
    Noetzel also said he appreciated the many years of service that Smith gave to the election board.