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GARNER | Hancock and Winnebago counties will likely share Attorney Blake Norman for a short period.

On Monday, Feb. 12, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors gave Norman, who was hired as the county attorney in October, the go-ahead to serve as special prosecutor in Winnebago County until its board appoints a new attorney.

“They’ve worked with us and other counties have,” Hancock County Supervisor Ron Sweers said. “I think we have to do the same.”

In January, Adam Sauer, who has been Winnebago County attorney since 2010, was appointed associate district judge for District 2A, which covers North Iowa. He succeeds Judge Annette Boehlje, who died last year.

Sauer will assume his new role on Feb. 23.

The Winnebago County Board has decided to appoint Sauer’s replacement instead of call for a special election.

Winnebago County Auditor Karla Weiss said the county board will vote on Norman as special prosecutor at its Feb. 20 meeting.

During that meeting, the supervisors will also interview candidates to fill the remainder of Sauer’s term, which is up at the end of the year. The meeting is open to the public.

Last fall, when the Hancock County Board was seeking a new county attorney after David Solheim resigned, Sauer served as special prosecutor until the position was filled by Norman.

Norman said he’ll likely have about 10 days worth of court in Winnebago County with its current schedule.

“It’s essentially work on top of what I‘m doing now,” he said.

Norman told the Hancock County Board he'd likely be compensated $60 an hour by Winnebago County.  

Mary Pieper contributed to this article.

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