Young given oath of office
By David Hotle
“I, Richard L. Young, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Iowa and that I will faithfully and impartially to the best of my ability, discharge all of the duties of the office of Board of Supervisor District 5, Washington County, Iowa, as now or hereafter required by law.”
The crowd of about 40 people in the Washington County Supervisors’ room applauded Tuesday morning after Magistrate Daniel Kitchen administered the oath of office to Richard Young.
The supervisors all stood up to shake Young’s hand and welcome him to the board. Former Dist. 5 supervisor Ron Bennett also attended the meeting to shake Young’s hand and welcome him to the position. Young was elected Oct. 8 to fill the vacant seat left when Bennett resigned from the board.
“I’ve received a few phone calls from constituents on the ATV issue, and we are going to address that,” Young said. “I’ve had several people call me and welcome me to the board. I’ve had people ask me my opinion on certain issues. I’ve said that I can’t give that until I sit on the board and find out what is going on.”
After today’s supervisor meeting, Young began conferring with chairman Steve Davis about which committees he would sit on.
Without campaigning much for the office, he said that he was surprised that he won the seat with double the votes of the next closest candidate in the six-candidate election. The supervisors canvassed the vote last week and confirmed that Young was the winner. The seat will be up for election again next year. Young said that he would leave it up to the people whether he will seek another term. He said that he had talked to Bennett prior to running for the seat about what duties he would have.
During the campaign, Young had said he felt that mental health would be one of the top issues facing the supervisors in the coming term. During Tuesday’s meeting, the supervisors acknowledged a 28E agreement with Keokuk County to share mental health director Bobbi Wulf.
Since winning the election, Young said that he has been doing his homework to learn what is expected of him as a supervisor.
“I have learned that you need to be prepared before you come to the meeting and to research the issues you are going to discuss,” he said. “You need to have a good working knowledge of certain things. I have a lot to learn yet about county government.”