The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to the make the county attorney position full-time following the completion of the term of the present county attorney, Mark Cozine, at the end of 2006.
Cozine explained that more Iowa counties are going from part-time county attorneys to full-time attorneys. Currently Cozine is assisted by John Wibe and Kristal Phillips. All are considered half-time employees of the county. They are all from the same law office.
The plan is to have Phillips continue on a part-time with the full-time attorney who will be elected in November of 2006. Neither Cozine nor Wibe will be seeking election to the full time position.
Cozine explained that by law, a full-time county attorney cannot have a private practice.
Cozine's salary with the county is $46,000.
The salary set for the new full-time position is $55,000. Although this is well under twice the half-time position, the county will have to provide a secretary and office space for the full-time county attorney.
Cozine said that if no one runs for the position of county attorney, the county can still employ one on contract or contract for the service with a law firm.