Delaware County Commissioner Doug Smith submitted his resignation on Monday, Sept. 11, during the county’s regular meeting.

“After over 30 years of public service consultation with my family and prayer, I have made the decision to submit an irrevocable,” the resignation letter dated Sept. 6 stated.

Smith's resignation becomes effective Dec. 14. He currently serves as the commissioner for District 1 and the chairman of the three-member commissioners.

Delaware County Election Board Secretary Dixie Smith said after the meeting a letter has been sent to Gov. Mary Fallin requesting a special election to fill the position.

 Other business

In other financial business, the commissioners approved a lease-agreement for three 770G motor graders from Yellowhouse Equipment. After trade-in on other equipment, the costs for the graders were $218,205.91, $216,212 and $164,205.91 after trade-ins.

Also approved by the commissioners to surplus equipment including a tilt trailer and 1985 Dump truck in District No. 2.

The commissioners approved was a $50,000 surety bond from Grand Telephone Company in case the company of road cuts and road bores.

Other items approved was a resolution of reaffirming the defined area as the Bernice Rural Fire District and rebid for sealed bids on a new fire boat for the Cleora Fire Department.