November 26, 2021

Union County removes engineer

Union County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Nov. 17 terminating the position of assistant engineer Keith Wieland effective immediately.

“Things didn’t work out,” said Supervisor Chairman Ron Riley during the supervisors’ meeting today. Riley declined to offer any more explanation. The decision was made after supervisors held a closed session Wednesday about an employee evaluation.

Riley said Clarke County’s engineer and secondary road department will assist Union County during the search for an engineer.

Wieland was approved by Union County May 24. He replaced Zach Gunsolley who resigned seven months prior.

Wieland was to be considered an engineer in training, a four-year process to earn an Iowa county engineer certificate. He had three years of the program and was to be mentored during his fourth year by the Clarke County engineer. Earlier this year, Union County agreed to have Clarke County assist with Union County projects until an engineer was found.

Wieland, who is an Iowa State University graduate, has experience with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Utilities Board. He also has done related work for private companies.

Supervisors agreed to a two-year contract for Wieland. Salary for Wieland’s first year was $95,000 and increase to $105,000, when he received his engineer certificate, for the second year.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.