GARNER | The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is one step closer to hiring the county’s new attorney.

On Wednesday, the supervisors named Todd Chelf, Scott Miller, Jonathan Murphy and Blake Norman as finalists for the attorney position after reviewing nine “really good” applications received by Oct. 6. The candidates will be interviewed Monday, Oct. 16, and Tuesday, Oct. 17.

“We don’t want to drag our feet on this because David is leaving Nov. 1,” said Sis Greiman, Hancock County Board chairwoman.

In September, Hancock County Attorney David Solheim submitted his letter of resignation, effective Nov. 1, to the Hancock County Board stating he and his wife were returning to Nebraska to be closer to family.

“Serving as county attorney was the best job I’ve ever had — and may ever have again,” he wrote. “I was fortunate to work with outstanding members of law enforcement and a group of competent and dedicated public officials and employees. I learned something new from them every day.”

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

On Sept. 18, the supervisors unanimously voted to appoint the county’s next attorney instead of holding a special election. Whoever is selected as the county attorney will have the opportunity, if they wish to remain in the position, to run in the November 2018 election.

Greiman said Solheim and the Winnebago County attorney have offered to assist the county throughout its transition.

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

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