Emmet County Treasurer Vickie Jurrens told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday her office will soon be looking for a motor vehicle specialist.
Jurrens said Barb Houge will retire from her office at the end of September after working continuously in her office for 27 years and 34 total for Emmet County and will need to be replaced. Jurrens said Houge started with motor vehicles then taxes and was trained for issuing driver's licenses. She said the only other driver's license examiner until recently was Gary Haney who came in on an as-needed basis.
With five to seven driver's licenses issued every Wednesday, Jurrens said she was thinking of switching to Tuesday and Wednesday and asked the board if it would approve hiring Joel Jurrens, her husband, on an as-needed basis as was the case for Haney. Jurrens said she was required to ask the board since she was hiring a relative.
The board approved the request. Joel Jurrens retired as a deputy and the county's chief accident investigator earlier this year.
In other business Tuesday the board set an Aug. 27 public hearing date for Resolution 13-08 calling for abandonment and vacation of a two-mile stretch of 500th Avenue south of Ringsted.
The board also approved a six-month contract with Seasons Center and a contract for substance abuse prevention with the Iowa Department of Public Health.