The Board of Supervisors approved an informal resolution during their regular board meeting on April 19 after County Treasurer Kim Swearingin filed a formal complaint alleging the Wayne County Board of Supervisors violated Iowa Code chapter 21 regarding official meetings open to the public.
Chairman of the Board Dave Dotts read the resolution which detailed the formal complaint filed which stated as she worked on her budget process she was approached at times by one and two members of the board in her office to discuss her request for $40,000. Following the formal complaint to the Iowa Public Information Board, it was determined a deliberation did take place during the Feb. 8 gathering in Swearingin’s office. After the IPIB accepted the complaint, it was acknowledged this was in violation of Iowa Code chapter 21.3 regarding meetings of governmental bodies.
In pursuant to Iowa Code 23.9, after reaching the informal resolution the terms were negotiated and it was determined the board would acknowledge during an open meeting the requirements were not met during the Feb. 8 gathering. The board would work with the county attorney and would also be required to conduct training during an open meeting for all board members and county officials.
The resolution was approved with all terms needing to be completed within 60 days of acceptance of all parties.