"I've always been proud of Finney County residents. We're open and friendly. We accept people for who they are and we all do our part to give back to the community."
Duane is a Garden City native whose family has been in the community since 1919. After receiving his Bachelor's of Science degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University, Duane became a fourth-generation farmer in Finney County.
With plenty of experience serving on various agricultural boards in the community, Duane felt like he had something more to offer. He first ran for the Board of County Commissioners in 2012.
While serving as chair of the board, Duane made it his personal mission to ensure Finney County's mission statement was updated. "Dedicated to its citizens, serving its taxpayers" was adopted in 2017.
"It was very important to me how the new mission statement was worded. I think it now accurately reflects what our goal as Commissioners should be and it sums up how I feel about my role."
Although Duane loves to farm, and it does keep him busy, he is considering running for the Commission again in 2020.
Duane is a farmer by profession and an outdoorsman at heart. He loves to farm, hunt, and fish. He's also a family man. He and his wife, Ann, have four grown children and three granddaughters.