Belmond city leaders are looking for someone to fill a two-year term on the city council.
Monday night, the resignation of Ron Allen was accepted by the council. There are two years left on his term. The council plans to appoint a replacement on January 17. Anyone interested in serving should contact City Hall.
Monday night was also the final meeting for Jenna German, whose term has expired. She served on the city council for eight years. She will be replaced next month by former mayor Alan Mattison, who received write-in votes for the position at the November election.
Police Chief Rick McDaniel reported on his efforts to cover shifts in his department starting in January. At the end of this month, Sergeant Jack Murphy is retiring, and Officer Sheldon Macke is leaving Belmond for a new job in eastern Iowa. McDaniel had hoped to have the sheriff’s department cover some shifts while new officers are being trained for Belmond.
But McDaniel learned that the shortage of law enforcement officers has also affected the Wright County Sheriff, who is trying to hire two deputies.
“The sheriff says he won’t be able to help us in January and February,” said the chief. “So I am going to bring a plan to you at the next meeting to hire certified officers from other departments who want to pick up extra shifts and earn some extra money.”