Board of County Commisioners

Labette County's three-member Board of Commissioners meets on Mondays at 9 AM and at 9 AM the last working day of the month in the commission room on the first floor of the courthouse in Oswego. To be placed on the Commission agenda, call the county clerk's office at 620 795-2138, ext. 301.
 
Lonie Addis

Lonie Addis

County Commissioner - District One
  • Primary Contact Address501 Merchant
    Oswego, KS 67356
  • Primary Contact Address640 Iowa St
    Oswego, KS 67356
Primary Department: Board of County Commissioners

Professional Profile

Commissioner Addis represents District One, covering roughly the eastern half of Labette County and two precincts in Parsons.  Addis was first elected in 1982 and is currently serving his tenth consecutive term making him the senior county commissioner in Kansas. His family has resided in Labette County since 1869. Descended from Revolutionary War soldier Frederick Eisenhauer who was killed serving with General George Washington at the Battle of Germantown on October 4th, 1777, Addis maintains a strong patriotic profile.
 
At 17, he joined the U.S. Marines serving two combat tours in Vietnam. After his return he attended Labette Community College and the University of Kansas. Upon his election he has been quite active in legislative initiatives for Kansas Counties and is past president of the Kansas County Commissioners Association. From 2000-2005, Addis served as the Kansas Representative on the Board of Directors to the National Association of Counties and likewise served during the same period on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association of Counties.
 
 
 Fred Vail

Fred Vail

County Commissioner
  • Physical Address501 Merchant St
    Oswego, KS 67356
Primary Department: Board of County Commissioners

Professional Profile

Fred Vail was born and raised in Labette County.  After high school, Mr. Vail went to work for the John Deere Corporation beginning as a machinist and advanced his way up to plant manager of a facility in Ohio.  Among his duties for the Deere Corporation was to travel over the world insuring the quality of components for his employer.  His travels would take him to Mexico, England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and India.

Retiring before the age of 60, he returned home to his roots to take over the family farm.  Along with his brother-in-law and nephew, he owns and operates an extensive farming and cattle operation.  He ran a successful campaign for county commissioner in 2012 and was subsequently re-elected in 2016.