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Rep. Committee Selects Laura Johnson McNish for County Attorney

Marshall County Republican Committee members met Wednesday evening in Marysville to consider nominations for Marshall County Attorney, to fill the unexpired term of Brian Carroll, who announced his resignation effective August 30th.

Three candidates addressed the committee, Jason Brineger, Laura Johnson McNish, and Brad Lippert.  Brineger, a Marysville resident, is in private practice locally, and had served just over two years as Washington County Attorney.  Laura Johnson McNish of Marysville is a CPA and attorney, currently working with the Kansas Department of Revenue out of Topeka, and Brad Lippert of Sabetha serves in private practice, and has worked as Nemaha County Attorney for the past ten years.

Jason Brineger emphasized his experience and proximity to the courthouse, and indicated he may consider using an associate hired from the current budget.  Laura Johnson McNish indicated that she was the only candidate who would resign her current position, and serve Marshall County full time.  She did express concern that if the position of County Attorney were not combined with County Counselor, she would withdraw her consideration.  Currently, the positions are combined, at the pleasure of the County Commissioners, who annually appoint a County Counselor.  Brad Lippert emphasized his experience as a prosecutor.  He currently has an assistant in the Nemaha County office, and expected to consider the same arrangement in Marshall County.  All three indicated that they would be available to the county 24/7, and would handle all major cases personally.

Following a brief question and answer session, a majority nine of seventeen Republican Central Committee members voted Laura Johnson McNish for county attorney.  Her name will be sent to the governor for consideration, and if approved, would take over for Brian Carroll, whose family is moving to Pratt this summer where he has taken a banking job.  McNish is married to Marysville City Attorney John McNish, who also serves in private practice locally.

Brian Carroll had also served as Marshall County Republican Committee Treasurer.  Todd Ackerman was the only candidate seeking that position, and was approved by unanimous vote of the committee.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.