April 24, 2014

Court turns down appeal of Linn County Auditor in dispute with supervisors

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a district court ruling against the Linn County Auditor in a dispute with the county supervisors. Auditor Joel Miller filed suit against the supervisors in 2010 in a dispute over his appointment of a deputy auditor to conduct internal audits of his office.

The supervisors had concerns about the position and refused to fund it. The Board of Supervisors also filed a counter claim asking for a ruling that the board had the sole authority to determine how audits were conducted. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled the supervisors did not act illegally in reducing the number of deputy auditors — and said under the code used at the time — the supervisors were the entity to decide how claims against the county were audited, not the county auditor.

See the full ruling here: Linn County Auditor ruling PDF