The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

August 20, 2013

IT director hiring will organize county

OTTUMWA — Cleanup can now begin.

When the Wapello County Supervisors approved the hiring of new Information Technology Director Paul Culver during their Tuesday meeting, it was the jumpstart needed to reorganize the computers, buildings, Internet service and phone usage throughout the county.

Culver is coming from Spencer and has 20 years in the industry, including time with Gateway and two hospitals. He is also familiar with the IT process on the county level.

"I understand the priority is to save money, and I feel I can be effective with that," Culver told the board. "We need to bring together redundant resources and be more efficient with what is being used."

The vote was not unanimous, though, as Supervisor Jerry Parker voted against the hiring. It wasn't personal, though, he clarified.

"I know he is a very qualified candidate," Parker said. "If anyone from Ottumwa qualified, I just think we need to give them extra attention. I'm not against Paul ... but I think we need to give extra attention to people from Wapello County."

More than 30 applications were reviewed, six were interviewed and two were given a second interview. Parker said there was an Ottumwa candidate who was being interviewed.

"This is a chance to grow the community," Supervisor Greg Kenning said. "The charge to the committee was to choose the most qualified candidate, and this position requires a set of skills you can't find just anywhere. I don't envy Paul this task before him, but the community can grow with his set of skills, and I'm in favor of that."

Culver's hiring was approved 2-1 with Parker as the dissenter.

In other business, the board approved a contract with River Hills to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services for Wapello County's Central Point of Coordination, Jail and General Assistance offices.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0420 OTT Gothic house easter web-color photo American Gothic House celebrates Easter weekend Kids participate in an egg roll competition Saturday on the American Gothic House lawn in Eldon. Families were invited to come and participate in Easter-themed events and make crafts. They also had the opportunity to dress up and pose in front of the

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 15-minutes.png A change at Evans

    OTTUMWA — You can get kids to memorize facts. But teaching them to think can take more time. Educational leaders told the Ottumwa school board that the school year that begins 2014 will shift Evans Middle School students from 45-minute periods to 60-

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0422 OTT Egg hunt color photo -L On a roll this Easter ELDON — If you pulled up to the American Gothic House Center Saturday afternoon at moments before 1 p.m., you probably had to park halfway down the road. Cars filled the parking lot and spilled out onto the street as parents and kids from all over so

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ups and downs OTTUMWA — Iowa's governor and his lieutenant seemed thrilled with part of the employment news Friday. Gov. Terry Branstad's Twitter page said: "BREAKING: Iowa's employment reaches all-time high of 1,615,200." Iowa Workforce Development confirms the n

    April 18, 2014

  • Those who came before OTTUMWA — There is so much information on researching genealogy, beginners may not know where to start. But experts and knowledgeable amateurs will offer help as they gather for a free Family History Fair to share which websites are worthwhile and wh

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Tree planting color photo -T -M -L Young Ottumwans show their green thumbs OTTUMWA — Several of Ottumwa’s cemeteries and parks were recipients of new trees this week as Ottumwa High School students and Eagle Scouts dedicated their time to planting dozens of trees around the city. Students from the OHS JROTC class were at Ot

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0419 OTT Prayer Walk 2 bw photo -L -M -T On a journey OTTUMWA — The seven blocks through the center of Ottumwa took more than an hour and a half to walk as 25 people prayed and read Scripture to reflect on the events of Good Friday. Led by the Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Pastors, the walk began at First

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0419 OTT drought map -L -T -M Drought weakens grip on Iowa OTTUMWA — Last weekend saw the first significant rains in quite some time for the Ottumwa area. How long? The last day with at least a half-inch of rain was back on Nov. 20. It was a welcome rain, arriving after the ground had thawed. That allowed at

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eugene Clark STOCKPORT — Eugene Morris Clark, 90, of Stockport, died at 5:30 p.m. April 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ottumwa. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Spencer Cemetery northeast of Stockport; Pastor Richard

    April 18, 2014

  • Civil War Round Table visited by baseball historian OTTUMWA — The Civil War Round Table was treated to a special guest Thursday night and a presentation about how baseball during the Civil War era helped shape Iowa as we know it. John Liepa, former history and political science professor at Des Moines

    April 18, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook
E-edition