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Mindy Fitzgibbon chosen for recorder’s post

Nov 07, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Mindy Fitzgibbon, left, is administered the oath of office Nov. 3 by Marc Lindeen, chairman of the county supervisors. Fitzgibbon received uanimous approval from the supervisors to serve the remainder of Shirley Wandling’s term.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


It was unanimous Nov. 3 — not only the vote to tab Mindy Fitzgibbon, rural Mt. Pleasant, as the new Henry County Clerk but the difficulty county supervisors had in making the choice.

Fitzgibbon, who assumed her duties immediately, is not a stranger to the courthouse, having worked in the clerk of court’s office from 2010-2014. Recently, she was employed in the Jefferson County Clerk of Court’s office.

Marla Willey and Susan Eiken were also interviewed for the position.

“It was a very difficult decision,” reflected Marc Lindeen, chairman of the supervisors. “We had three good candidates.”

Supervisor Greg Moeller echoed Lindeen’s sentiments, remarking that all three were “viable candidates.”

Gary See, the third supervisor, seized the opportunity to be critical of the selection process. “For the most part, the Iowa Legislature writes the Code of Iowa. Having said that, the process is cumbersome and not fair to the applicants.

“It goes too far on transparency,” See continued. “Nobody else that I know would want to run their human relations department in this manner. I apologize to our applicants for the process we are expected to follow.”

See emphasized that the process should be changed “to a method designed more suitable.”

He concluded by noting that the three supervisors “don’t know what will transpire here.”

Fitzgibbon will complete the remainder of former Recorder Shirley Wandling’s term, which means she will face re-election in 2018.

Wandling, who worked in the courthouse for 45 years, the last 11 as recorder, resigned her position. Her resignation was effective at the end of the work day on Nov. 2.

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