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VA discusses recommending Naber for 2nd term

Jasper County Veteran’s Association Commissioner Michael Naber discusses an extension of his term during a monthly VA meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Jasper County Veteran’s Association Commissioner Michael Naber discusses an extension of his term during a monthly VA meeting Wednesday afternoon.

One Jasper County Veteran’s Affairs commissioner’s term is expiring soon. Michael Naber, whose tenure ends in June, heard from fellow commissioners at Wednesday’s VA meeting they’d like to keep him on board.

According to VA Director Kurt Jackson, the ultimate decision has to come from the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.

Jackson asked the commissioners if they’d like Naber to stay so he could use that fact when telling the board of supervisors his recommendation to select Naber for another term.

“It will go back to the board of supervisors. What I want to do is present to them at the March quarterly report that my commission has already said Mr. Naber would like to stay on and the commissioners are all in favor of him staying on,” Jackson said.

Naber has been a commissioner for a year, and said he would like to stay on.

“I stepped in when a previous commissioner moved out of the county,” Naber said. “I had a lot of people calling me and saying I should look into this. I turned an application in and let the system work.”

When Naber first applied, he was one of eight candidates and one of two finalists to be interviewed.

“We have a well-rounded group,” Naber said. “It’s a good group of people. We all communicate, and we do what we can.”

According to previous Newton Daily News reports, Naber was introduced in an April 2018 board meeting, after replacing Jerome Gunderson. The new process developed for selecting commissioners, created by Jackson, has used an application process designed to help ensure the board maintains its equal opportunity requirements.

Jackson looked at the applications other counties in the state use, boiled it down to a single page application and advertised for the position for two weeks.  Previously, commissioners were appointed by the county board of supervisors, but Jackson said that didn’t match the way other counties in Iowa select new members for the VA board.

In other action, the VA board:

• Received a reminder from Jackson of the upcoming suicide prevention training lunch, scheduled to take place at noon April 24.

• Briefly discussed reviewing the TPI donation from the golf outing in October 2018, as well as the current budget, where the allocation funds currently sit at $4,184. Among recent spending includes registration to attend a NACVSO conference in Cleveland, registration for IACCVSO school registration in the spring and a senior health and wellness fair at Newton YMCA.

Contact Orrin Shawl at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or oshawl@newtondailynews.com

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