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February 12, 2013

UPDATE: Temporary city administrator on Iowa Sex Offender Registry

CENTERVILLE — The temporary city administrator hired by the Centerville City Council is on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry list.

Kevin Wade Stocker, 37, president of City Administration & Management Professional Services, based in Elkhart, was hired by the city council during their Feb. 4 council meeting. Stocker was hired primarily to help develop the city's fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

In December of 2005, Stocker was accused in Black Hawk County of one count of enticing away a minor, a class D felony. In August of 2006, after being found guilty by the court, Stocker was sentenced by Judge Todd A. Geer on the charge of attempt to entice a minor to two years in state prison, suspended, five years probation and a fine. The five years probation was later changed to two years in November of 2011.

Stocker filed a motion resisting placement on the sexual offender registry in October of 2006. The motion was denied in November of 2006.

According to a story published online by WCFCourier.com, Cedar Falls police arrested Stocker in December of 2005 at College Square Mall after he allegedly had arranged a meeting with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl for the purpose of having sex.

The contract Stocker signed with Centerville is for work until April 30 and then month to month thereafter for a fee of $5,125 per month. The contract is for a minimum of three months of services could continue until the position is filled by a full-time candidate.

Councilman Edwin Brand, as chairman of the selection committee, made the recommendation to the council during the council meeting to hire Stocker. Stocker's first day as temporary city administrator was Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior Tuesday morning, Feb. 12 said he had known for at least five days and before he signed the contract for services with Stocker that he was on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

"And I talked to him about it," Senior said. "He's a good man. He does a good job. He's very bright and he's very good at what he does and it's exactly what we need right now."

Senior said city council members did not know during their Monday night, Feb. 4 meeting that Stocker was on the registry. The council members have since been informed of Stocker's status by Centerville attorney, Mike Craver, Senior said.

No city council members have expressed reservations with Stocker working for the city, Senior said, adding he did not have any problems with Stocker's status.

Brand in an email Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 12 wrote the "City of Centerville has entered into a contractual agreement with Kevin Stocker for Interim City Administrator services. We are aware of an issue brought to our attention and are investigating this matter."

Gary Anderson, Appanoose County Sheriff, said anyone listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry is required to register with the sheriff's office within five days in the county where they will be working regularly. As of Tuesday, Feb. 12, Stocker had not registered with the Appanoose County Sheriff's office.

Anderson said Stocker was not under any residential restrictions.

Anderson said Stocker cannot be on school, day care and library grounds or loiter within 300 feet.

Anderson said that as of right now, there isn't an issue with Stocker working at city hall as far as his sex offender registration is concerned. However, a problem would arise if, for instance, City Hall was declared to be a disaster area in which children would be present. In which case, Stocker wouldn't be allowed on the premises. It's not if City Hall was declared a disaster. It is if there was a disaster and City Hall was opened or declared a shelter where children and families would be sheltered.

Stocker can be on or near property as long as he has written permission from the proper people, like the library administrator, school superintendent, etc.

In June of 2011 in Clayton County Stocker was accused of presence in exclusion zone as a convicted sex offender, first offense.

On Jan. 4, 2013 Judge Margaret L. Lingreen accepted his negotiated, voluntary guilty plea for the charge of sex offender, area, activity violation, first offense and sentenced him to two years in state prison, suspended, two years probation and a fine.

Stocker currently owes Clayton County $1,006.75 for this case.

Stocker has recently been employed by the cities of New Sharon and Mt. Ayr.

According to the Mt. Ayr mayor Don Solliday, Stocker worked with the city for approximately a year and a half. In a story in the Mt. Ayr Record-News it was reported that in November of 2012, Stocker's past arrest came to light. During a closed session of the Nov. 21, 2012 meeting, the council discussed the matter. After returning to open session, the Mt. Ayr City Council decided not to renew Stocker's contract when it finished at the end of December. According to Solliday, the city had to give Stocker 30 days notice.

In the Jan. 9 meeting, Mayor Solliday informed the council they had received a bill for $18,720 from Stocker for work hours he had completed beyond his contracted expectations. Solliday said he consulted with the city attorney, Richard Wilson and informed the council there was documentation from Stocker stating that he wouldn't charge the city extra for working over time. In Wilson's opinion, the city should not pay Stocker.

At the Jan. 30 meeting, a closed session was held over possible litigation with Stocker due to the $18,720 bill. According the the Mt. Ayr Record-News, after the closed session, the council adopted a resolution "to respectfully reject CAM-PS [City Administration and Management Professional Services, LLC]/Kevin Stocker’s request for additional compensation, when the written contract was a lump sum fee per month. No modification was ever presented or accepted and no written agreement to amend was ever signed.”

According to Solliday, the city hasn't had any further communication from Stocker since then.

Stocker is currently still employed by the city of New Sharon. According to New Sharon City Council meeting minutes Stocker was hired during the Nov. 7 meeting for the sum of $1,815 per month.

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