Larry Clark, Cherokee County engineer, discussed his coming retirement with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors at the Tuesday meeting.
Clark's last day will be June 30, 2008. Clark advised advertising the position starting about six months prior to his retirement and having the replacement begin duties sometime in May.
Clark suggested not mentioning zoning administrator duties to an engineer applicant. When Clark first became the county engineer, being the zoning administrator was not part of his duties. That was subsequently added to his responsibilities. He indicated that engineers do not generally care for zoning duties.
It was suggested that the county designate some other county employee to serve as zoning administrator.
Clark indicated that it is getting increasingly difficult to fill the position of county engineer. There is competition for engineers from the state and within the private sector. Also, there are insufficient numbers of students getting engineering degrees.
"Nobody seems proficient in math anymore," Clark said.
Terry Graybill, supervisor, asked whether certain counties get reputations for being difficult counties for engineers to work in.
Clark said that has happened to another northwest Iowa county where a particular individual frequently confronted the engineer at supervisor meetings. The county subsequently had a difficult time replacing the engineer. Eventually, one was brought in from out of state but only lasted a few months in the position.
Clark said that he does not believe that Cherokee County has that kind of reputation.