The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors welcomed Lindsay Bressler, who was recently hired by Cherokee County to be the new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology (IT) Coordinator.
In March Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi 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.
However, Bressler's experience lies more in GIS field but she is experienced with Information Technology and gave the Board several ideas to streamline efficiency, security, and how to make access easier for the public at Tuesday's meeting.
Bressler is a native of Sioux City, and has recently worked for the City of Sturgis, S.D. where she used her GIS background for several mapping projects. GIS provides a collection of computer software and data to be used to view and manage information about geographic features and includes mapping of cities, buildings, roads and waterways in Cherokee County.
The IT position is designed to help all county departments, Bressler's duties will include the management and use of computer and telecommunications to retrieve, store, and transmit information. Plus oversee computer programming, network administration, computer engineering, and technical support.
In other business the Board held a Closed Session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(i) for the annual job evaluation of Cherokee County Services Director Lisa Langlitz. The Iowa Code states, "To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session." The Board motioned for Chairman Jeff Simonsen to sign Langlitz annual evaluation and have it placed in her permanent employment record.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan brought a correction for the amount of $2,989 that was underpaid for the bridge project on 510th Street. Shanahan's Department recently discovered the discrepancy. A motion was made for Chairman Simonsen to sign the correction for the final payment to Christenson Brothers.
Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation Director Mark Buschkamp asked for a letter of support from the Board for a National Park Service Application that would help in efforts regarding technical assistance and experience with hiking trails that replace abandoned railroad lines. The Board told Buschkamp if he would draft said letter they would sign.
The Board also had the 4-H Expo Building sprinkler system on their agenda but tabled this matter for a future meeting.