(Bismarck, ND) — Burleigh County Commissioner Becky Matthews has died following a battle with cancer. County officials announced her passing on Tuesday, confirming that she died Monday afternoon. Matthews was 49 years old and was sworn in in late 2020, with her colleagues saying she was ready to make a difference in their community, did a wonderful job, and always had a smile on her face. Matthews had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and stepped down as commission chair last month, though she continued to serve. County Auditor Mark Splonskowski says commissioners likely will discuss how to fill the vacancy during a meeting today.