Audubon Mayor Sam Kauffman is accepting applications for city clerk after a contentious City Council meeting this week in which residents asked to keep current clerk Lora Hansen.
Audubon Mayor Sam Kauffman is accepting applications for city clerk after a contentious City Council meeting this week in which residents asked to keep current clerk Lora Hansen.
January 31, 2014



The City of Audubon posted a job opening for its city clerk Thursday, which signals that city leaders plan to push forward with their move to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen despite the outcries of residents.

Mayor Sam Kauffman will accept applications for the job until 5 p.m. on Feb. 10, according to a note that was posted at City Hall. That deadline is two hours before the next Audubon City Council meeting.

Hansen said she has not yet been instructed by council members to add an item for that meeting's agenda to appoint a city clerk, but that those requests often arrive the week before a meeting.

The council's ill-fated - and illegal - appointment on Jan. 13 of another woman to replace Hansen dominated the discussion of the council's Monday meeting, in which more than 100 residents gathered to show support for Hansen.

Some alleged that the replacement is the result of a feud between Hansen and one city councilman. The woman appointed to replace Hansen declined the job because of the ongoing controversy.

The original 4-1 vote violated state law because it was not on the agenda 24 hours prior and because the city had not advertised the job for the required 10 days.

The job posting on Thursday was 11 days before the next meeting.

Kauffman and interim City Attorney Dave Wiederstein did not return telephone messages on Thursday to comment for this article.

Kauffman didn't sign the original resolution to appoint Hansen's replacement to make it effective, but he declined a resident's request on Monday to veto it.

Kauffman said a veto would be "redundant" because the resolution vote was "in error." He declined to reveal his personal feelings about replacing Hansen and instead said it was his job to be an advocate for the city council.

Hansen said she has not decided whether to apply for her job.

"I don't know," she said. "I might be the only one that applies."

She said no one had retrieved a job application from City Hall as of this morning.

One Councilman, Bob Jacobsen, appeared to support the idea of keeping Hansen in the job.

"I don't think you can say Lora is out," he said at Monday's meeting.