Gov. Jay Nixon today announced he has appointed state Rep. Ed Wildberger, of St. Joseph, to serve as recorder of deeds for Buchanan County. Former Buchanan County Recorder of Deeds Karen Higginbotham retired from that position effective Nov. 1, leading to the appointment by the Governor. Wildberger, age 60, has resigned his position as representative for House District 27 in order to serve as the new recorder of deeds.
"Ed Wildberger has been a strong representative for his constituents in Buchanan County," Gov. Nixon said. "He has been a tireless worker, reaching across the aisle on several issues important to the people he represents. I know he will bring a similar work ethic to his new position of recorder of deeds. I also want to express my appreciation to Karen Higginbotham for her 31 years of service to the people of this county in the recorder's office."
"I thank Gov. Nixon for giving me this new opportunity to serve the people of the county I have always called my home," Wildberger said. "I appreciate being able to work closely with the Governor during my time in the House and his time as Governor and as Attorney General, and I pledge to serve the people of Buchanan County to the best of my ability as their new recorder."
Wildberger, who retired at the rank of battalion chief after 29 years with the St. Joseph Fire Department, was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002 and was re-elected three times. He was named Outstanding City Employee of the Year for St. Joseph for his leadership in the city's response to the Flood of 1993.
The Governor has called a special election on Feb. 2, 2010, to fill the vacant House seat for District 27.