Two Apply for pending Vacant Floyd County Supervisor Seat
It appears the Floyd County Board of Supervisors is still set to have a complete makeover to start 2023.
With wins in the November general election by Democrat Mark Kuhn for District 1 and Republican Dennis Keifer in District 2, and Republican Jeff Hawbaker in District 3, it set the stage for an overhaul of the Board replacing current Supervisors Doug Kamm, Linda Tjaden and Roy Schwickerath. That will still happen, but not with Hawbaker in office.
Just 10 days after the election, Hawbaker announced that he would decline the nomination because he was unable to retire from his day job in 2023, preventing him from devoting enough time to serve as Supervisor. That opened the door for county residents to submit their application to be appointed by a committee of the county auditor, recorder and treasurer.
A pair of applications were turned in by the 4 p.m. Wednesday (December 28th) deadline. Tossing their hats in the ring are James Jorgensen of Rudd, who owns and operates Jorgensen Farms; and Jacob Paulus of Floyd, a retired Army veteran now a maintenance technician at IMT in Garner.
Hawbaker’s replacement can not be appointed until January 2nd, when the District 3 term officially begins. Paulus and Jorgensen could also have up to five minutes to make their pitch during the appointment meeting at 8:30 am this Monday morning. However, any eligible elector of District 3 could also file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by special election. The petition must be filed within 14 days of the appointment.