Winneshiek County Engineer resigns

By Kate Klimesh,

In a surprise announcement at the May 1 County Supervisors meeting, Winneshiek County Engineer Lee Bjerke turned in his resignation. Bjerke cited the current board has, “since Jan 3, made statements, accusations, and taken actions, official and otherwise, that I do not agree with and I do not believe are in the best interest of Winneshiek County.”

Bjerke noted he would make himself available for a minimum of two weeks with separation occurring Friday, May 12, unless the Board of Supervisors provides a written response requesting him to remain in the position for up to 60 days, as Bjerke has offered.

In his resignation letter, he noted that the current Assistant County Engineer, Isaac Wiltgen, was licensed in Iowa and could fulfill the duties of the office as required by Iowa Code, in the interim until his replacement could be hired.

The board of supervisors will have the issue on the agenda for the May 8 Supervisors meeting.

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