Brian Moore

Auditor Brian Moore said voter turnout was up for the 2018 midterm election. It was his first general election as auditor, and he also became a grandpa again on Election Day Nov. 6.

Jackson County Auditor Brian Moore is resigning, he told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors Dec. 4. 

His last day will be Jan. 7.

Moore said he was pursuing “other opportunities,” and declined to elaborate. He recommended long-time deputy auditor Alisa Smith to fill his position, saying she was “more than qualified.”

Smith started working at the courthouse in the fall of 1980 and served in the assessor’s and treasurer’s office before being hired in the auditor’s office in 1985. 

“She’s really the manager of that office,” Moore told the supervisors Dec. 4. “I’m very confident in Lisa, and I think all of you would be, too.” 

Smith’s full first name is Alisa, but she is regularly referred to as Lisa. 

Moore’s resignation comes halfway through his term. The former state senator unseated 12-year auditor M. Joell Deppe in the 2016 election. 

This week, Moore called the auditor’s office the “hub of the courthouse,” echoing words used by Deppe shortly before her 2016 loss.

Moore described his past two years in the office as “challenging,” especially due to the 10 elections the office has run during that time, including the upcoming Preston City Council election Dec. 18. In 2018, Jackson County will host seven elections. That “crash course” has “strained” the office, he said.

The county supervisors will decide whether to appoint another auditor or fill the position by special election. If the supervisors choose to appoint, notice must be published four to 20 days before the appointment.

If the supervisors appoint, it must be done within 40 days of the office’s vacancy on Jan. 7. A petition for a special election would need to contain about 871 signatures and be filed within 14 days of the intent to appoint, or of the appointment itself.

Jackson County Assessor Lee Karabin announced her retirement last month, making Moore the second departmental head position in the county that will be open in the new year. A different process is used to fill the assessor’s seat, which is not elected.

Moore said that he would finish out maintenance projects he started for the county at the Andrew Jackson Care Facility, even if some of the work is best done in warmer weather after his last official day. 

Besides taking the lead on Andrew Jackson Care Facility maintenance, Moore led consolidation of voting in Maquoketa’s multiple precincts to Pearson Memorial Center on the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

He credited Smith with the idea of consolidating to Pearson.

Besides sometimes-overlapping elections, Moore said the greatest challenge of the position has probably been “sitting at a desk.” 

“I’m an outside person, and being at the state house was a different animal in terms of job requirement.”

There’s a lot of clerical work in the auditor’s position, Moore said, and that’s “not my strength. It probably put more of a burden on the staff.”

Moore’s eighth grandchild was born Election Day. His ninth grandchild was born the morning after Moore’s resignation.