Supervisors to appoint new county attorney

The Webster County Board of Supervisors plan to appoint a new county attorney to serve out the last year of Jennifer Benson’s term, following her resignation.

Benson’s last day in office will be Jan. 14.

Supervisor Mark Campbell said applications for the position will be accepted in the Webster County auditor’s office, and to contact the auditor for more information.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, Campbell said.

Following that, Auditor Doreen Pliner said the supervisors have indicated they will hold a public hearing Jan. 30 to appoint the attorney.

A notice with more details about the applications will be published, she said.

The people could also call for a special election, Pliner said. A petition for such an election would need the number of signatures equal to 10 percent of the number voting in the last presidential election — or 1,743 names in this case.

Benson was elected in 2014. She announced last month she was leaving

The supervisors also voted to take bids on a new, efficient heating and cooling system for the Department of Human Services building, 330 First Ave. N., which is owned by the county.

There are three existing units to be replaced. Bids are due by 10 a.m. Jan. 23.

As the new year begins, the supervisors appointed a new chair and vice chair. Supervisors Mark Campbell will serve as chair of the board this year, and Keith Dencklau will be vice chair.

Campbell last served as chair in 2016, and Dencklau was chair in 2015.