Moak’s time with Walworth County ended


After an executive session Tuesday, May 6, Walworth County Commissioners decided to end the employment of highway department employee LaDean Moak of Selby.

Moak, 55, was caught inside a Walworth County residence and arrested for trespassing on February 18. He was released under conditions of bond, which included having no contact with the victim and staying outside of a designated distance from the victim. He violated those conditions on two occasions and was arrested for those violations.

The commission voted on Tuesday to terminate Moak’s employment on Thursday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. He has until that time to either resign or retire from the highway department. He has been a county employee for 27 years.

The commissioners also offered the combined position of weed and pest control and emergency manager to Shannon Thompson of Selby.

Thompson will be on a six-month probationary period with a salary of $33,000 for those two positions. After her six-month evaluation, her salary will increase.

In a move to fill the vacant position of deputy director of equalization, the commission hired Donna McGee of Selby.

Commissioners also approved advertising for a part-time (two to three months) employee in the auditor’s office to help with daily operations through this busy election year summer. They also agreed to advertise for a deputy register of deeds position.

Commission Chairperson Denis Arbach told Walworth County Sheriff Duane Mohr his request to appoint a sheriff to fill out the term he is vacating at the end of May was unethical and the commission would not consider the request. Mohr’s term would be done Jan. 1, 2015, when the person elected to the position in the June 2 primary would take over that department.



Kent Mauck of Heartland Waste Management of Mobridge requested information on what the county is planning for recycling. He said there are not enough residents in the county for a full recycling program to pay for itself. He said it would be too expensive with just the refuse from Walworth County.

Currently landfill manager Ryan Badten and commissioner Duane Martin are researching a viable plan for the county to recycle items like glass, plastic, metal and paper.

Badten is planning an information meeting on recycling to be held at the Pizza Ranch in Mobridge Thursday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.

In other business the Walworth County Commissioners:

• Approved allowing Alec Kulm to use the courthouse as his venue for an Eagle Scout project on the history of Walworth County. The commission approved purchasing a television that will be placed on the first floor of the courthouse and the presentation to run continuously during business hours. Auditor Becky Krein said the equipment will also be used for training at the courthouse and will actually be an asset to county offices.

• Tabled a decision on demolition of the building on Java’s Main Street which is owned by the county, until it can be determined if there is asbestos present.

• Heard highway department manager Penny Goetz report the work on the culvert on County Road 236 should be completed on Tuesday and the road opened to traffic on Wednesday (today).

• Approved Resolution 2014-10 designating election precincts and polling places in Walworth County. Designated polling places include Precinct 1, Akaska Community Center; in Precinct 2, Java Community Center; in Precinct 3, Selby Senior Center; in Precincts 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10, Scherr-Howe Event Center; in Precinct 8, Hoven Airport; and in Precinct 9, Glenham Fire Hall.

– Katie Zerr –


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