Gary Pfister, who was elected Hill County superintendent of schools in the Nov. 2 election, said Wednesday he will decline the position.
He said he made the decision because Hill County commissioners want to eliminate the position.
Pfister said he decided to decline the post because "it is apparent that the goal of the commissioners is to consolidate the superintendent's office with another department as soon as possible."
He said that prior to the Democratic primary, he had several discussions with commissioners about the future of the department, but after the primary, it became obvious that the commissioners would not live up to their assurances.
He said he would return campaign contributions that were given to him.
(For full details, see Thursday's Havre Daily News.)