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Mayor swears in Dr. Baer, reappoints Fridrich to commission board

Dr. Robert Baer won an uncontested race during the June 14 primary election for the open seat on the board of commissioners with 1,160 votes. Commissioner Jason Fridrich was reappointed for another four-year term, receiving 1,133 votes.

Mayor Scott Decker swears in Dr. Robert Baer, left, and Jason Fridrich into the Dickinson City Commission on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at City Hall.
Mayor Scott Decker swears in Dr. Robert Baer, left, and Jason Fridrich into the Dickinson City Commission on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at City Hall. Baer won an uncontested race during the June 14 primary election, as did Fridrich who was appointed for another four-year term.
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DICKINSON — During a special meeting Tuesday morning at City Hall, Mayor Scott Decker publicly swore in Dr. Robert Baer and Commissioner Jason Fridrich to the Dickinson City Commission.

Baer won an uncontested race during the June 14 primary election for the open seat on the board of commissioners with 1,160 votes. Fridrich was reappointed for another four-year term, receiving 1,133 votes.

As the newest member of the commission board, Baer said that he’s overjoyed.

“It’s like the first day of school, it’s very exciting. But (I’m) very nervous too — a little anxiety there,” Baer said. “But it feels natural and (I’m) looking forward to working with the other commissioners and the employees here at the City and of course, the residents of Dickinson.”

Mayor Scott Decker shakes Dr. Robert Baer's hands, congratulating him as Commissioner Jason Fridrich looks on during during their swearing-in of the Dickinson City Commission on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at City Hall.
Mayor Scott Decker, right, shakes Dr. Robert Baer's hands, congratulating him as Commissioner Jason Fridrich looks on during during their swearing-in of the Dickinson City Commission on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at City Hall.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

As far as the Dickinson City Commission committee assignments, Baer said that of all his assigned duties, he’s excited to be put on the Dickinson Regional Airport Authority and the Joachim Museum Board for the Southwest North Dakota Museum Foundation.

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“... I got to learn, right? And what better way to start off right away learning. So I plan to be here for a long time,” Baer said. “I’m excited. I am really looking forward to this and I thank everyone for giving me this opportunity. So that’s really important to me and hopefully I can earn their trust.”

During the special meeting, Commissioner Suzi Sobolik made a motion to make Commissioner John Odermann the vice president of the Dickinson City Commission . Baer seconded the motion, and the board unanimously approved 5-0 the vice president appointment.

The next Dickinson City Commission meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, within the commission chambers at City Hall.

Commissioners John Odermann, left, and Dr. Robert Baer listen to their appointments during a special meeting Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at City Hall.
Commissioners John Odermann, left, and Dr. Robert Baer listen to their appointments during a special meeting Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at City Hall.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press
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