The Ottumwa Courier

April 27, 2013

Longtime official to retire

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Apart from breaks to raise her family, Joyce Haas has spent around 37 years working at the Wapello County Courthouse. On Tuesday, the Wapello County Board of Supervisors will vote on accepting her letter of resignation.

“I really enjoyed being recorder, the people here in Wapello County and the recorders from the other 98 counties,” said Haas, the current Wapello County recorder. “I made a lot of friends. It’s just time for me to make sure I have time to visit with my grandkids.”

Her husband retired last year, and it’s been hard being away from their children. The couple also has a 4-year-old grandchild and, as of eight months ago, twin grandbabies.

The supervisors meeting will be at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Friday, May 3, is Haas’ last day.

“I had to help get boats [registration] done,” she said. “Today we did almost 100. I’ve loved my job.”

In the short run, said Supervisor Steve Siegel, the Wapello County auditor is in charge of the recorder’s office when there is an open position.

“We cannot take action until the position is actually vacant. Then we will decide whether to appoint someone or to have a special election,” he said.

Siegel predicted a discussion on the matter will probably be held during the May 9 supervisors’ meeting.