There has been a changing of the guard on the Fond du Lac County Board. The board elected supervisor Steven Abel Board chairman. Abel had been the second vice chair. Abel and board first vice chair Marty Ryan were both nominated for chairman. Abel represents District 11 in the city of Fond du Lac. Supervisor Dean Will was elected board second vice chair. The meeting also marked the first for newly elected county executive Sam Kaufman. Kaufman was elected in a special election earlier this month. Prior to that he had served on the board for seven years as a supervisor in District 7 representing the Waupun area. Kaufman replaces the late longtime county executive Al Buechel who died in March from a heart attack at the age of 74.