The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors are one step closer in filling the new position of the Assessor's former Geographic Information Systems (GIS) position that will be combined with an Information Technician (IT) position.
On Tuesday Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen told the Board that the search is narrowed down to three candidates.
Supervisor Mark Leeds was enthusiastic over one particular candidate who had extensive experience in both IT and GIS fields.
In March Petersen and County Assessor Bob Hart began looking for a person to fill the new position. Their search focused more on an IT person who could be cross-trained for the GIS position that was left open in the Assessor's office.
The IT position is designed to help all county departments with new programs along with trouble shooting problems with computers, printers, scanners or any modern office equipment.
Petersen had previously noted that the salary for this type of position is all over the pay spectrum, ranging from $30,000 to $80,000.
Noting the new position is basically a combination of two positions, the Board leaned towards the higher end of that spectrum while considering salary for the new position.
This decision was based in part by prospective candidates experience plus if two positions were filled by one candidate the County would not have to offer two sets of health insurance benefits.
After talking to both Hart and Petersen, who agreed they would be happy with any of the top three candidates, the Board agreed to have Petersen make an offer to the top candidate they felt met the needs of their criteria.
The Board also met with Community Service Director Lisa Langlitz who presented the annual Plains Area Mental Health Contract to be approved by the Board. The contract offered the same rates and language from the previous contract and was approved by the Board on Tuesday.
LeDen Pingel addressed the Board to find out when a new field driveway will be completed. He filed for the driveway in December, but due to the wet spring the county has not be able to complete the project.
Pingel has gotten into his field through a neighbor's yard for his spring planting but wanted to be assured that the project would be completed by this fall.
The Board and Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan told him they will be completing the field driveway shortly but they're also waiting to have some more work in his area so all work could be done simultaneously and more efficiently.
Shanahan also sought the Boards approval on bridge plans for bridge #58 in Rock Township, which was then approved by the Board.