New deputy is former Webster City officer

Webster County’s newest deputy will be a former Webster City police officer.

Brandon Pritchard is scheduled to start work under his new badge on March 20, after approval by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“He’s been over there for 6 to 8 years. He is field training officer certified,” Sheriff Jim Stubbs said. “That rate of pay that he starts at if you look at the contract is a certified officer’s starting pay.”

Pritchard starts at a rate of $46,915.70 per year. His pay will go up when everyone in the department gets a 2.5 percent raise in July, Stubbs said.

“Normally, I have new hires here, but Brandon is working,” Stubbs said, explaining why Pritchard wasn’t at the meeting. “I think he will be a good asset.”

In other business, the supervisors approved an agreement between the county and the North Raccoon River Watershed Management Coalition.

The county should have a member which sits on that watershed management board going forward, Supervisor Keith Dencklau said.

“When they have their meetings I think one of us should go to those meetings,” Dencklau said.

The watershed management authority is created under an Iowa law designed to help communities recover from disasters, and be better prepared for any future disasters. Goals include improving water quality and quality of life, wrote Storm Lake City Manager James Patrick in a letter to the county explaining the agreement.

The North Raccoon River is one of nine watershed areas which will work on plans to reduce downstream flooding.

The North Raccoon watershed area includes the southwest corner of Webster County, most of Greene County and nearly all of Calhoun County, the east half of Sac County, the west half of Pocahontas County, and Buena Vista County.

The supervisors have been involved with other watershed authorities in the past. Webster County joined a Beaver Creek Watershed Authority in 2015, and a Squaw Creek watershed in 2014.

Supervisors were told at the 2015 meeting that joining a watershed authority doesn’t cost anything, and the organization can’t raise any taxes or use eminent domain. It also can’t spend any money without approval of the full board of supervisors, as well as from any other boards involved.

Watersheds include the area that drains into a lake or stream.

The supervisors also approved an urban renewal area for the city of Badger which may be used to encourage new residential growth.