CHARLES CITY, Iowa - A temporary county attorney has been appointed for Floyd County.
A little more than a week ago, Floyd County Attorney, Norman Klemesrud passed away. During a Floyd County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, county leaders announced the chief judge has appointed Assistant County Attorney, William Baresel to temporarily take over this position until the general election in November.
Supervisors tell us that this decision could have ultimately been decided during a special election, however with the position opening being so close to the elections in November, the issue was taken up and solved by the judge.
Roy Schwickerath, the chair for the Floyd County Board of Supervisors tells us the short-term position would have originally been filled by first Assistant Attorney, Todd Prichard, but because of his position as an elected state representative, he was not eligible for the job.
“We wanted to make sure that the county attorney’s office kept running on an even keel,” Schwickerath says, “and the two other attorneys that work in that office have said, from day one, that they will keep operating and will keep functioning.”
Baresel will be the acting county attorney until Nov. 4th when official election results are released. There are currently three candidates running for the position of county attorney; private attorney, Ann Troge, Cerro Gordo County Assistant Attorney, Rachael Ginbey, and the current acting County Attorney, William Baresel.