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County creates new position, opens search for treasurer

The Davison County commissioners held two executive sessions Tuesday, creating a new position for a welfare intake officer and seeking recommendations on how to move forward on the opening treasurer position.

The Davison County commissioners held two executive sessions Tuesday, creating a new position for a welfare intake officer and seeking recommendations on how to move forward on the opening treasurer position.

The commissioners unanimously voted to re-assign the Davison County Welfare Office to the supervision of the Davison County Auditor Office in its first resolution. The Davison County Commission will remain in charge of the hiring process.

"With that, the welfare director position will be obsolete, but the commission is still in charge of the hiring," said Susan Kiepke, Davison County auditor.

In a second resolution the commissioners created a new position for a welfare intake officer. Debbie Emme, part-time assistant of the Veterans Service Officer Craig Bennett, will take on the additional duties and work full-time at the county office in a split role serving as the welfare intake officer starting Oct. 9. After an introductory period of six months, Emme will be eligible for a performance review by the board and a possible wage increase.

"I am excited about the new role and being able to now work full-time for the county. I hope to continue working with Craig Bennett our Veterans Service Officer as a team, in order to better serve our community," Emme said.

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"We really wanted to keep her in the VSO position since she has that down and works well with the volunteers and the public," said Brenda Bode, chair of the Davison County Commission.

Emme has served as the assistant to Bennett for the past two years.

The commissioners also received authorization from Deputy State Attorney James Taylor to begin with advertising the treasurer position. Treasurer Christie Gunkel resigned on Sep. 8, citing family needs and stress as her main reasons. Gunkel's appointment ends Dec. 15.

Other business

In other business, the commissioners:

• Reached out to Deputy State Attorney James Taylor for advisement on a small property owned by the county and located next to the Davison County Public Safety Building. Lease or sale options are being discussed.

• Cancelled its regular meeting on Oct. 9. Two commissioners will be out of town and there are no items on the agenda for next week.

• Noted that the Nov. 6 meeting will be pushed to Nov. 8 due to the midterm elections.

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• Heard from Jeff Bathke, administrator at the Davison County Planning and Zoning Agency, who addressed the board in reference to a new desk he applied for two years ago. Bathke stated he had three bids. The lowest bid at $1,894.15 was chosen and will be funded through the agencies maintenance budget.

• Heard from Bathke, who also mentioned the national alert system drill that is planned to be held today. At 1:18 p.m. all citizens with a smartphone will receive an alert message. The second alert will go out to all first-responders and the media.

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