Ransdall resigns from Pulaski County Commission, will take state tax post
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 11:10 am
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 3, 2009) — Bill Ransdall resigned this morning as Pulaski County’s presiding commissioner to accept an appointment by Gov. Jay Nixon to the Missouri State Tax Commission.
Ransdall has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. press conference today to provide further information on his resignation.
Ransdall, 62, is a Waynesville resident and a former mayor and city council member of that community. He also served eight years ending in 2004 as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He’s a Democrat and when the Democrats controlled the House, served as chairman of the Economic and Natural Resources Appropriation Committee and of the Energy and Environment Committee, as well as serving as vice-chairman of the Agriculture Committee. He also served as assistant minority floor leader after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and served on the House’s budget committee.
Ransdall was first elected to the Waynesville City Council in 1978 and served as mayor pro-tem from 1982 to 1988 and as mayor from 1988 to 1996, when he was elected to fill a vacancy in the legislature caused by the appointment of Jim Mitchell, a Republican, to a state position.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, in his new role, Ransdall will be a member of a board that “supervises assessment and equalization practices, conducts hearings for individual cases from local Boards of Equalization, assesses railroad and utility distributable property, and determines the level and quality of assessments in 114 counties and the City of St. Louis.” His term ends on Jan. 23, 2012.
Ransdall also resigned as a member of the State Soil and Water Districts Commission, a position to which he was appointed in September, according to the governor’s press release.