November 26, 2022

Part-time county attorney approved

With Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon’s departure date of Feb. 17 approaching, Kenyon has asked Alan Wilson, Wayne County Attorney, to step in on a part-time basis. The Union County Board of Supervisors approved Wilson’s hiring during its weekly meeting Monday in the Union County Courthouse.

The hiring was approved as of yesterday in order to allow Kenyon to bring him up to speed on county matters.

Wilson will be able to sign time-sensitive documents and will be present in the county most Mondays, Kenyon said, while being able to handle some court matters remotely.

He will receive a salary of $40,000 and Iowa Public Employees Retirement System benefits but no healthcare.

Kenyon said there will be some changes on how things happen internally at the county attorney’s office but from outside it should be “business as usual.”

County Auditor Sandy Hysell said there have been no applications for the position of full-time county attorney.

The supervisors approved a related pay raise and title for the county attorney’s office manager Teri Siddons of $2.50 per hour moving her to $26.26. She will have additional duties once Kenyon leaves and the formalization of the title office manager will allow her to sign some necessary documents such as bills and claims for the office.

In other county business:

• the board discussed a temporary raise in the number of allowed comp-time hours for secondary roads due to the recent snows.

• a fuel bid from United Farmers Cooperative of $231,000 for gasoline and $370,000 for diesel was accepted over Farm Services’ bid of $230,000 and $570,000.

• June West was appointed to three more years on the SIRHA Board of Commissioner.

• Rusty Stephens was approved to replace outgoing New Hope Township Clerk Tom Maffatt.

The Union County Board of Supervisors meets weekly 9 a.m. Monday at the Union County Courthouse, 300 N. Pine St. The supervisors are still meeting in person at this time, but the public is encouraged to submit comments for public forum by mail, email or telephone to help limit the gathering to 10 participants.

REGINA SMITH

Reporter, columnist, teacher, children's book author, book store owner - Regina Smith has a wide range of experience in writing and education. She combines those interests and experiences to cover city and county government and human interest stories as well as writing a biweekly column in her home town of Creston, Iowa.