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Termination of County Engineer an Injustice

January 13, 2015
Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County Citizens,

The termination of County Engineer Joel Fantz is an abuse of power and an injustice to him personally and professionally. The setup, sneak attack, and sheriff escort implies malice and preplanning. I believe Joel has become the scapegoat for poor decisions and the whipping boy for bully politics.

I'll make no excusesI'm biased. After working, serving, and fellowshipping with the Fantz family for 14 years, they are the example for me and my family of what it means to live life with deep convictions and the highest of integrity. As a business owner that greatly depends on the county infrastructure, I can assure you Palo Alto Co. and Joel are second to none. The road projects completed over the past 10 years or so have been extremely supportive to our businesses. Where are we going to come up with a Naval Academy Graduate with an Engineering Degree from Penn State that has a 14 year track record of balancing the budget and managing a team and assets for $80,000/year? I suppose the answer will be to share with Emmet Coone more mistake in my opinion.

What a tragedy to turn this family upside down Mina, teaching in the school system, a senior, a sophomore, and an eighth grader. I also recognize this letter could have consequences towards me, but I can't be silent on this. Proverbs 18:17 "The first to present his case seems right, until another comes forward and questions him."


(signed) Jeff Kerber

Emmetsburg, IA



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