Bill Belzer accepts new post as Iowa County engineer
MARENGO — Bill Belzer, who has served as Henry County engineer since 2001 has accepted a similar position in Iowa County, according to the Marengo Pioneer-Republican.
Belzer could not be reached for comment. He was at a conference Monday in Des Moines and an employee in the Henry County Engineer’s office said this morning that Belzer would be out of the office until Thursday.
He did, however, submit a letter of resignation to the Henry County supervisors.
The letter, dated April 19, included a 90-day notice. The resignation will be acted upon at the supervisors’ meeting on Thursday.
The announcement of Belzer taking the Iowa County engineer’s post was made Sunday, April 21, by Iowa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ray Garringer.
Belzer met with Iowa County supervisors on Friday, April 19, in closed session. Following the meeting an offer was extended and Belzer accepted the position.
Garrigner said Belzer is an “exceptional” candidate.
“We think this candidate is going to bring a lot of things to the table and be able to do things our past engineers haven’t been able to do. He has some certifications that others haven’t had,” Garrigner told the Pioneer-Republican.
One of those strengths is that Belzer is a structural engineer and can do bridge inspections required by the federal government.
“That’s something that we’ve had to hire people out before at $700 a bridge, and we have 200-some bridges in the county,” Garringer pointed out.
Another factor which made Belzer appealing, Garringer said, is that Belzer had worked in the private sector as a structural engineer.
Belzer has been Henry County engineer for the past 12 years, coming to Henry County from Clinton County.
His start date in Iowa County has not been set.