The Appanoose County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Dean Kaster Tuesday afternoon said the board wants to make an appointment to fill the county attorney office vacancy within the 40 day state-mandated timeframe.
State code allows a board of supervisors 40 days to fill a vacancy that has occurred in an elected county office.
The office of Appanoose County attorney has been vacant since the passing of Richard F. Scott on April 11.
Kaster said they have had numerous suggestions on what they should do and they have listened to individuals in the court system.
“We’re just doing the best we can and we’re listening to court people,” Kaster said. “We’re just trying to gather the information necessary and hopefully the right person will step up and we can make the right appointment.”
Kaster said the county has not formally advertised the open position.
So far, only two individuals have approached the board about the open position, Kaster said.
One individual visited the supervisor’s office Monday, Kaster said, and they “chatted” for 15 minutes. The individual’s visit was not planned because that person had business in the Courthouse and decided to see if the supervisors were in their office, Kaster said.
On Tuesday, an out-of-county individual called the board and asked to visit with the supervisors about the vacant position.
Kaster said the board has yet to be contacted by anyone locally who would qualify to assume the vacancy. Kaster said there might be some local interest but so far no one has come forward.
State law requires elected county officials must reside in the county where they are employed.
Kaster said the board wants to make an appointment but they want to make sure it’s the right person for the job.
Kaster said a decision could be made by next week.
Scott was appointed by the board of supervisors to fill out Appanoose County Attorney Robert Bozwell’s remaining term after he resigned in 2008. Scott ran in November of 2010 and won a four year term in office. Before Scott passed away, he had filed papers to be on the ballot for the June Republican primary.