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Johnson officials decide Friday how to fill supervisor vacancy

Johnson officials decide Friday how to fill supervisor vacancy

Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig chats with Royceann Porter during a 2018 election watch party at Big Grove Brewery. Rettig has resigned, and three county officials neet Friday to decide on how to fill the vacancy. (David Scrivner/Freelance)

IOWA CITY — Johnson County officials will meet Friday to determine how to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Auditor Travis Weipert, Recorder Kim Painter and Treasurer Tom Kriz are scheduled to meet 2 p.m. Friday to determine whether to appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the seat of former Supervisor Janelle Rettig, who has resigned.

A year-and-a-half are left on Rettig’s term.

Rettig, appointed to the board in 2009, announced in an email Sunday she was resigning because of health reasons. She said she’d not planned to run for re-election in 2022 but that positive developments in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic presented her with the opportunity to focus on her own health.

The public will have an opportunity to address the county officials before they decide how to fill Rettig’s vacancy. If a special election is called, a date will be set during the meeting, which will be held virtually.

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