JAMESTOWN — Steve Cichos was a devoted elected official whose financial information was effective to the Stutsman County Commission, in accordance to Mark Klose, commission chairman.
Klose claimed Cichos’ abilities in the banking industry carried above to controlling Stutsman County’s finances. Cichos labored as a sector president for Lender Ahead in Jamestown before he retired in 2018. Klose stated persons in the banking market have an comprehending of balancing budgets, guidelines and laws and what it usually takes to make a little something operate in a enterprise setting.
“They’ve seemed at economic statements, they’ve dealt with financial loans, they have portfolios that they are lively that they have to keep in stability,” Klose said.
Cichos, a Jamestown indigenous, handed absent on Aug. 23 at age 67. His funeral was held on Thursday, Aug. 31. He was however serving on the county commission when he passed away.
“Our entire Bank Forward relatives was saddened by the news of Steve Cichos’s passing,” mentioned Tom Watson, president of Financial institution Ahead, in an emailed assertion. “Steve was our very very first Current market President and a cornerstone to our achievements in the Jamestown Market place. The remarkable achievements that we have had in the Jamestown industry was spearheaded by Steve’s management alongside (with) aid from his wife, Carolyn, and Marlene Axtman.”
Cichos was pretty worthwhile to the lender as perfectly as the town of Jamestown and Stutsman County for all the government boards and groups he was related with, explained Tory Hart, marketplace president at Financial institution Ahead.
“The buyers and the employees (at Financial institution Ahead) and every person that understood ‘Chicky’ will significantly miss out on and have excellent recollections of him,” he said. He mentioned Cichos was regarded as “Chicky” at the financial institution.
Cichos served on the Jamestown City Council from 1980-81 right before he stepped down to transfer out outside the house of Jamestown city restrictions with his wife, Carolyn. Cichos served on the Stutsman County Commission from 1990-2010 and yet again from 2018 right until his passing. As a county commissioner, he was also an at-big member of the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors.
Cichos was lively in the Eagles Club and was a member of Elks Lodge 995, Knights of Columbus, Buffalo City Rodeo Committee, Jamestown Space Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota Insurance coverage Fund and the Dakota Anglers, according to his obituary.
Hart explained Cichos was a person of the initial personnel of Stability Condition Lender in Jamestown which is now Financial institution Ahead.
“I would certainly say Steve is the architect driving the Jamestown branch,” he reported. “Jamestown is a huge branch in the Bank Ahead family. He did this through who he was, understanding the neighborhood and bringing in associations that he has had for a lifetime.”
Pete Rasmusson, senior vice president at Lender Ahead, reported Cichos was pretty instrumental in his growth. He also claimed Cichos cared about the staff members professionally and individually within and outside the house of the financial institution.
“(He was) an all-around excellent, sincere human being that usually cared and I believe that of course ran via through his job the two professionally and individually,” he mentioned. “A handshake was a handshake. His term was his term. He informed you what he imagined, what he believed in.”
Hart, who also serves as the chairman of the JSDC board, mentioned Cichos brought experience and popular feeling to the board and represented Stutsman County exactly where he helped deal with the finances.
“He was always a human being who claimed what he was pondering and was a steady and guidable staff member there,” he reported.
Klose explained he attended St. John’s Academy in Jamestown with Cichos. Despite the fact that they weren’t shut particular pals then, he stated Cichos was normally cordial and a “great” kid.
Cichos at some point grew to become Klose’s campaign manager when he was elected for his first expression on the county commission. He said Cichos’ identify was made use of for disclaimers on his marketing campaign commercials.
“What you tried out to find with a marketing campaign supervisor … is any individual that’s really perfectly highly regarded and appreciated,” Klose stated.
Klose said he inevitably inspired and supported Cichos’ final decision to operate for a county fee seat. He said Cichos took his placement incredibly very seriously and was concerned about his constituents.
“He was devoted to currently being included,” he claimed. “If he skipped a conference, he experienced a wonderful authentic purpose why.”
Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sunshine in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm around Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the College of Jamestown, N.D.
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