Sups will appoint new Webster Co. attorney

The Webster County Board of Supervisors will be appointing a new Webster County attorney during its meeting next week.

The board discussed during a public hearing at their meeting Tuesday the best way to select a replacement for Ricki Osborn, who resigned May 31 to go into private practice.

The board received two applications for the position from Cori Coleman, current first assistant county attorney, and Daniel Gonnerman, of Ames.

Both applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors by the end of the week to allow an appointment to be made on June 18.

The appointed attorney would serve the remainder of Osborn’s term and would have the option to run for the office in 2014.

The vacancy could have been filled by appointment or by special election.

The board decided the best option would be to appoint an attorney to get the vacancy filled as soon as possible.

“This position is up for election in a year and a half,” said Supervisor Clark Fletcher. “For continuity of services I believe it would be best to appoint someone to serve out the term.”

“We need to appoint someone to get them on the job sooner rather than later,” said Supervisor Merrill Leffler.

Fletcher said it can cost thousands of dollars to hold a special election and that appointment would also save the county money.

In other business, the board approved an amendment to the 2013 budget ending June 30 involving the payment for new equipment and equipment repairs and also approved an amendment to the current county budget to approve department changes by decreasing roadway construction by $100,000 and increasing roads and transportation by $130,000 for a total departmental appropriation of $8,860,000.

Also approved was a resolution for a smoking policy on county owned properties in which smoking would be prohibited with the exception of county-owned campgrounds and golf courses.