AUDUBON — The Audubon County Supervisors are planning to appoint a new County Attorney, after the current attorney, Sarah Jennings, gave notice notice last week. Supervisor Chair Rick Thompson said she planned to move to be closer to family. She resigned effective Sept. 28.
Jennings said, “I’ve decided after much consideration to move closer to family and friends and explore other opportunities. I’m very proud of what law enforcement, my dedicated staff, and I have been able to accomplish here in my tenure, and I remain forever grateful to the Board of Supervisors and the people of Audubon County for giving me the chance to serve.”
Jennings added, “I’ve loved this job, and now it’s time to pass the torch to the next county attorney to build on the progress we’ve made for public safety. I humbly ask this incredible community to continue to stand behind law enforcement, the county attorney, and the rule of law…now more than ever, we need you.”
She had two years remaining on her term.
The supervisors will appoint a replacement who will serve out that remainder of Jenning’s term — which expires Dec. 31, 2022.
Audubon County electors may file a petition, asking that the vacancy be filled by special election. The petition must be filed with the Audubon County Auditor within 14 days of the publication of the notice of vacancy, or within 14 days of the appointment of a county attorney. The first notice of the vacancy was published today, Sept. 18, in the Audubon County Advocate Journal.
The position of Audubon County Attorney is part time, and the chosen candidate will be paid a negotiated salary, plus standard benefits available to county officers. The attorney’s office is located in the Audubon County Courthouse.
To be considered for appointment, an eligible candidate must submit an application, resume, and proof of eligibility to the Audubon County Auditor at 318 Leroy Street, Audubon, Iowa 50025, no later than Oct. 5.
Candidates must also be registered voters of Audubon County, be admitted to practice law in the courts of the state as provided by law and qualify by taking the oath of office and giving bond as provided in Iowa Code. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the appointment no later than Oct. 27.