Commission memorializes Moddelmog

Chad Frey
McPhersonSentinel
Bo Moddelmog, an assistant manager for the city of McPherson, died suddenly in Salina.

The McPherson County Commission took some time to remember Bo Moddelmog Jan. 25, an assistant city administrator that passed away suddenly in December. 

Bo Carl Moddelmog, 30, of McPherson,  passed away at 6:40 p.m., Saturday, December 12th, 2020 unexpectedly, at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina.

"He came out of a Salina restaurant, collapsed and never recovered," said Tom Brown, mayor of McPherson. "We will never know the real cause because he tested positive for COVID. Testing positive for COVID, they are not allowed to do autopsy."

Moddelmog was born in McPherson Hospital and grew up on Canton. He worked for Canton Grocery, Rundstrom Accounting, Galva Rec and the KU Book Store before taming a position as  the Assistant City Administrator for the City of McPherson.

Monday Brown read a memorial — which will be posted in city hall and a copy sent home to Moddelmog's family —  during the city commission meeting. 

It read:

A highly esteemed public servant. Bo Moddlemog was a passionate public servant who exemplifying a caring attiutde and a willingness to make time to always listen attentively to the requests of others whil sincerely seeking doable solutions. 

Bo was an athlete, scholar and hard worker at any task he undertook. His nurturing and upbringing started with a solid caring home environment provided by his parents Christine and Brent Moddelmog. 

During is publish schooling he was Canton-Galva 2009 class president, a three sport athlete, president of S.A.D.D. (Students Aganst Drunk Driving), served on journalism staff, a member of FBLA as president and vice-president of state district No. 5 and a National Honor Society Member.  He attended Emporia State University for two years and served as a resident assistant touching student's lives and serving in student government. He transferred to the University of Kansas, again serving in student government while graduating with a degree in political science. He continued his education at Wichita State, graduating with a Master's Degree in pubic administration. 

His participation in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in his high school and college years and volunteering with youth camp services until his passing touched the lives of many students and counselors. 

It was the good fortune of the City of McPherson to hire Bo as a management intern in the fall of 2013. It was immediately evident that Bo had multiple skills including a great work ethic and the desire to selflessly serve others. After receiving his master's degree, he was hired full time becoming deputy city clerk he was promoted to assistant city administrator, serving in that capacity until his passing in December 2020 at the young age of 30. 

Bo was a member of the 2019 McpHerson Leadership Class. His caring, empathetic ways, patience, listening skills and understanding made  him a terrific volunteer and city representative on  local governing boards. A few examples of his devotion to service were YP Mac, YMCA, Relay for Life, All Schools Day, Sons of the American Legion and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

Bo Moddelmog set a high standard of caring and public service for others to follow. 

In other business the commission:

• Sent a letter of support to the U.S. Department of Transportation on behalf of the Wichita Airport Authority for the Small Community Air Service Development Program. 

• Received an update on a historical statute the city is wanting to install. 

• Received an update on COVID-19. According Harvard statistics  the infection rate has dropped in McPherson County, with daily new cases at 13.29 and cases per 100,000 at 46.55. "This is the lowest we have been since the 29th of December. Lets keep hoping to move in the right direction there," Brown said.

• Approved the hiring of Cayden Young as a firefighter. 

• Approved the installation of two new Cemetery burial islands, by the Street Department, for an amount not to exceed $3,200.00, for materials only.

• Approved  a change of zoning requested by Premier Development, LLC (Nick Vontz), of 800 West 1st Street, McPherson Kansas  the B-2, Neighborhood Business District with a protective overlay moving “liquor store” to the “Special Use” category to the R-3, Multi-Family Residential District.

• Approved  installation of a new gated railroad/grade crossing warning system to begin on Feb. 1 at First Street and Eshelman.  The contractor is CDL Electric, Pittsburg, KS, and it will take approximately 2 weeks to complete.  Traffic will be carried through construction.  There will be short durations when traffic will be stopped or lane width will be reduced.

• Approved an event planning form for a Jake Gill s open air concert to be held at the Lakeside Park Bandshell on Jan. 30.  The hope is that people will listen from their vehicles. No road closures or barricades have been requested.  

• Approved he hiring and promotion of Lisa Faust, current Assistant City Clerk, to the position of Payroll and Benefits Coordinator.    The start date for her in this position will be Feb. 8.