GARNER | A former Cerro Gordo County assistant attorney is returning to North Iowa.

Blake Norman, who has been the assistant attorney in Scott County since leaving Mason City in 2016, accepted the Hancock County attorney position Tuesday morning.

Norman begins Dec. 4. His salary will be $98,127. 

“I’m excited to get back,” he said. “It really was a great opportunity.”

Norman served as the assistant attorney in Cerro Gordo County from October 2012 to May 2016.

During his time in Mason City, Norman said he established professional relationships and made friends in the area who he is looking forward to reconnecting with.

“I’ve always had a great desire to be a county attorney, so this is perfect,” he said.

On Monday, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors — and several members of county staff — selected Norman as the county’s “top choice” for county attorney after interviewing four finalists for the position earlier this month. 

The other finalists were Todd Chelf, Burlington; Scott Miller, Cape Coral, Florida; Jonathan Miller, Belmond and Norman, Davenport.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Dodd told the supervisors law enforcement and judges in Cerro Gordo County had "very good things" to say about Norman. 

When Norman lived in Mason City, he was a member of Jaycees and a volunteer soccer coach.

Norman said he has “big shoes to fill” with the departure of Hancock County Attorney David Solheim, whose last day is Nov. 1. He and his wife and returning to Nebraska to be closer to family, according to his resignation letter. 

Solheim was appointed as Hancock County attorney in 2013 after working as deputy county attorney in Washington County, Nebraska.

In September, the supervisors unanimously voted to appoint the county’s next attorney instead of holding a special election. The next general election is November 2018. 

Solheim and the Winnebago County attorney have offered to assist the county during its transition, board Chair Sis Greiman said.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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