Richland has a new city clerk

There is a new face at Richland City Hall.

Susan Carroll started her new position as city clerk on a full-time basis on Sept. 8.

Carroll left her position with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to take the job in Richland.

“I worked in the emergency department as registrar,” Carroll said.

Previously, she worked part-time as the deputy city clerk in Brighton.

“I let that one go to go to the university full-time,” she said. “I always enjoyed the city government aspect.”

Carroll, who lives in Washington, is no stranger to Richland.

“I lived here a few decades ago,” she said.

She replaces LaNelle Kopsieker, who held the position for four years.

Kopsieker resigned in June to take a new job in Keokuk County.

Her resignation came after she filed a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board, which handles open meeting complaints, alleging two council members had made “humiliating and unjustified allegations” during an open meeting on June 1.

The complaint claimed that the comments amounted to a performance review that should have been in closed session.

Kopsiker’s complaint was not accepted by the state board, which ruled it was an ethics issue and did not fall under the Iowa Code governing open meetings laws.

There was great interest in Kopsieker’s replacement.

City Council member Mike Hadley said that city received more than 100 applications for the clerk job.