The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of a deputy.
Kenneth Frank, age 34, begins work as a deputy immediately and will be teamed with experienced deputies for a period of training, according to Dave Scott, sheriff.
Frank will need to attend 12 weeks of training at the Law Enforcement Academy in the spring.
In recommending Frank, Sheriff Dave Scott said that Frank has established a work record as a reliable person.
Scott said he interviewed all 10 of the people on the civil service eligibility list for Cherokee County deputy. The eligibility list consists of the 10 people with the top scores on the civil service examination.
The academy training will cost the county about $4,000. Frank will sign an agreement to work for the county at least three years or reimburse the county for a portion of training costs based on the time remaining in the three years.
Scott presented a list of eight Northwest Iowa counties of similar size to Cherokee County and noted the manpower at each county.
Of the eight, only Ida had countywide law enforcement, using 28E agreements to provide towns with law enforcement.
In Buena Vista County, one of the nine deputies was on contract to provide law enforcement to a specific community, In Sioux County, five of the 13 deputies are under contract for specific contract duties.