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Johnson County supervisor Neuzil moving to Michigan for county administrator post

Longtime county official says choice to leave Iowa was difficult

Johnson County supervisor Terrence Neuzil (right) discusses the 2015 fiscal year with fellow supervisor John Etheredge (
Johnson County supervisor Terrence Neuzil (right) discusses the 2015 fiscal year with fellow supervisor John Etheredge (left) in a meeting at the Johnson County Administration Building in Iowa City on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Neuizil said Friday he would be leaving his curent Johnson County position to accept a county administrator job in Michigan. (Sy Bean/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — After nearly 15 years as a Johnson County supervisor, Terrence Neuzil has accepted a new county job that will take him to Kalamazoo, Mich.

Neuzil said Friday he had verbally accepted a county administrator position in Kalamazoo County and will be resigning from his current seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Neuzil said he accepted the offer — made Thursday night — after applying to several other similar city and county government positions.

“The gist of it is earlier this year I thought I owed it to myself to see, before I wanted to dive into another term of potential term on the Board of Supervisors, to see where I was professionally and to kind of explore an opportunity for this kind of job,” he said. “The hardest part of all this is leaving such an amazing community that I live and breathe.”

Neuzil said he was one of more than 200 individuals who applied for the position and the only Iowan among the other six finalists, who were all from Michigan.

Citing his experience on the Johnson County board since 2001, Neuzil said his work on government management, particularly with his introduction of a county strategic plan and capital improvements plan, should serve him well in Michigan.

“Under this particular situation the timing is right, the community has so many unique and amazing features,” he said. “I think will translate really well into the kind of decision making that I’ve been able to make in Johnson County government will translate really well for the government of Kalamazoo County.”

According to a job posting for the county administrator position on the Kalamazoo County website, the salary range for Neuzil’s new position will be between $130,000 and $150,000.

As a Johnson County supervisor, Neuzil’s salary for fiscal year 2016 would have been less than $60,000.

With Neuzil’s term on the board up for election next November, county officials will have to determine what to do with his vacant seat.

Neuzil said he plans to first come to a formal agreement on the position, then hopes to submit a letter of resignation to Johnson County before the end of the year.

Once a resignation is made, the Johnson County auditor, recorder and treasurer will meet to determine whether to appoint a new supervisor or hold a special election to fill out the remainder of Neuzil’s term.

“My hope would be, once he provides us with a formal resignation, I would like to get that meeting scheduled right away,” County Auditor Travis Weipert said. “If we’re going to do a special election, I would like to get moving on it pretty quickly.”

Ultimately, the trio will make that decision. If a supervisor is appointed, that doesn’t rule out a special election, which can still be forced by a public petition calling for a vote.

Weipert said it’s difficult to accurately say how much a countywide special election might cost, but estimated a vote across the county’s 57 precincts could total $20,000 to $30,000.

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