CENTERVILLE — The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors may have violated Iowa’s open meetings law while they were interviewing candidates for the currently vacant county attorney position.
Board Chairman Dean Kaster Wednesday afternoon confirmed the interviews were conducted with all three supervisors present, along with six other individuals who will have to work with the new county attorney. The six present included the county sheriff, two probation officers, the county auditor, the clerk of court and the county attorney secretary.
Kaster said meeting notices were posted on the courthouse bulletin board and the meetings were open to the public.
"There was no other than we opened the meeting and closed the meeting and had discussion with a candidate," Kaster said. "Otherwise, there was no decision made."
Linda Demry, Appanoose County auditor, Thursday morning said minutes from the three job interviews were taken and would be released along with the minutes from the Board's regular meeting on May 19. The Board of Supervisors plan to select the new county attorney at that meeting.
The Daily Iowegian was not informed about the three interviews that occurred — one was on May 6 and two were on May 13.
After further investigation, it was revealed that the board of supervisors also held a special meeting on April 25 to make a decision on the process of filling the county attorney vacancy. The agenda for this meeting was also not sent to the Iowegian, however it was still pinned to a bulletin board at the court house as of Thursday afternoon. Agendas for May 6 and 13 meetings were no longer posted.
Since the Daily Iowegian has a written request filed to receive agendas, merely posting agendas to a bulletin board does not satisfy the requirements in providing notification of a public meeting, according to Iowa code.