November 4, 2013

Carroll County supervisors this morning made in-house appointments to fill imminent vacancies for county treasurer and auditor.

Auditor Joan Schettler, 61, and Treasurer Peggy Weitl, 56, have announced their retirements from office effective Dec. 31.

On unanimous votes, supervisors appointed Deputy Treasurer Jean Seidl, 57, of Dedham, and Kourtney Irlbeck, 38, of rural Carroll, the election deputy and finance official in the auditor's office, to the top slots.

Both received strong recommendations from their current bosses.

"I think she'll do a great job for the citizens of Carroll," Weitl said of Seidl.

At the board meeting Schettler added of Irlbeck, "She's very capable. She'll do a great job."

The supervisors interviewed Irlbeck and Seidl in the last week. Chairman Mark Beardmore said board members put a lot of weight on the endorsements from Weitl and Schettler.

"They know these people the best of any of us," Beardmore said.

Seidl - with the treasurer's office for 15 years - and Irlbeck - with the auditor's office for 6½ years - will fill out unexpired terms of Weitl and Schettler and then, should they choose, face re-election in 2014.

Schettler and Weitl, both Democrats, have served the county for more than 30 years. Irlbeck and Seidl are Democrats.

Schettler will start a position in January with Robinson Ruhnke PC of Carroll.

Weitl said she is looking forward to the birth of her third grandchild and wants more time with family. She has not determined her next career move but doesn't consider herself retired.

Weitl started with the treasurer's office in 1975 as an employee two weeks after graduating from Kuemper Catholic High School. She was appointed treasurer in June of 1997 and never faced an opponent on the ballot.

Schettler, auditor since April 2007, has been with the office for 35 years.

Locally, the two offices largely have been viewed as more administrative than partisan. Carroll County Republican Party Chairman Craig Williams said he has great respect for the manner in which Weitl and Schettler operated their offices.

That considered, two of the more prominent Iowa politicians today - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and State Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak, a candidate for the U.S. Senate - are former county treasurers.

No Republican challengers have emerged publicly for Carroll County treasurer or auditor at this point. Williams said the party will discuss the matter.