Sandquist named chair of Jefferson supervisors

Dee Sandquist

Board Chair
Dee Sandquist Board Chair

FAIRFIELD — The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors held its first meeting of 2021 Monday morning in the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The board welcomed its newest member, Susie Drish, who along with incumbent Dee Sandquist won election to the board in 2020. The board voted to make Sandquist board chair and Drish its vice chair.

Drish said her first meeting went well and covered the basic “housecleaning” chores that boards do at the start of every year. For instance, the board announced its official newspaper designations. State law requires it to have two, and the board selected the Southeast Iowa Union and Clarion-Plainsman.

The board voted to keep its meeting time at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Sandquist said that time seems to work well, and allows Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding a chance to attend the meeting before his court duties begin at 9 a.m.

“We’re happy he’s interested and likes to attend our meetings,” Sandquist said.

The three supervisors met in the courthouse Monday, but Sandquist said they plan to hold the rest of their meetings this month over Zoom due to the pandemic. The supervisors voted in December to try to hold their meetings over Zoom through at least Feb. 2.

Supervisor meetings are visible on the Fairfield Media Center’s YouTube page, and are uploaded immediately after the meeting ends. Residents can watch the meetings live over Zoom, they just need to contact the Auditor’s Office to get the appropriate credentials. The Auditor’s Office can be reached at (641) 472-2840.