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Council approves hiring of assistant attorney

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The county will hire a new assistant attorney who will help with legal work, such as working on new contracts and representing county boards at meetings.

The new full-time position was needed to assist county attorney Kathleen Hash in representing Johnson County officials and local boards, local officials have said. For example, the assistant will be able to serve as attorney to the county police merit board, which has been without one, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The assistant attorney will be paid a salary of $42,500 plus benefits, such as health insurance. The county commissioners funded the position’s salary by cutting spending on other expenses. The county won’t need to hire outside attorneys to help with legal work, so that money can be put toward the new position, Commissioner Ron West said.

The county council voted 6-1 to approve the new position. Council member Brian Walker voted against the new position and said the commissioners should have discussed the new position when 2014 budgets were prepared in the fall.

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