The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the resignation of Chairman Floyd Ashbacher at their Monday, April 12 meeting. Ashbacher’s resignation letter was attached to the agenda for the meeting, which board members received last Friday. Serving as chairman since the beginning of this year’s term, Ashbacher is moving out of the district and will end his service Wednesday, June 30.
On Monday the Supervisors learned how Ashbacher will be replaced.
“When there’s a vacancy on the board, the auditor, recorder and treasurer decide if it will be filled by special election or appointment,” County Auditor Ben Steines informed the board. “If we decide to appoint someone and the public is not satisfied with our choice, they can file a petition calling for a special election.”
Steines said he and Jayne Schultz (recorder) and Brenda Kreitzer (treasurer) will meet with County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten in the days ahead to discuss the matter and decide how to proceed.
Should the county decide to opt for an appointment, Steines said they would advertise for interested applicants in early June. “We don’t need to name a replacement until July 1, so we have some time,” he noted.
Ashbacher’s resignation leaves Supervisor John Beard as the elected individual of experience. Supervisors Vermace, Langreck and Vick are all three months into their first term.
In a follow-up discussion with Ashbacher, he noted “I’ve enjoyed serving the people of Winneshiek County over the years. My job was made easier by my fellow supervisors and department heads; they do their job well. I’ve had a long career in public service and thank all those who worked with and supported me. To get a good solution you have to have a good discussion. I’ve always felt our board has done that, and I feel the new board will do so as well.”