(Scott Welton, Staff)
A resident of East Prairie, Blumenberg started as the associate county commissioner representing the southern half of the county in January 1989. His last official day in office was Dec. 31.
"My intentions were to stay till 2012," Blumenberg said, as that is when the debt for the construction of the Mississippi County Detention Center will be paid off.
As that year drew nearer, however, Blumenberg realized that him leaving in the middle of a term could possibly mean three new county commissioners all taking office at the same time. He decided the end of 2010 would be close enough.
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