Bill Zinn has his eyes set serving on the Clay County Board of Supervisors again.
Zinn, who is running as an independent on the Dec. 11 ballot, was a supervisor from 1989 to 2001. His first supervisor stint ended following a loss to Sandra Geidl in bid to become county treasurer.
He hopes his experience in the supervisor role persuades voters to back him.
“I just feel my time spent on the board is the reason I ran,” Zinn said. “I think that sets me apart from the other two candidates that are running and I just want to serve the people of Clay County again and be their representative.”
Zinn, who was born, raised and has lived nearly his entire life in Spencer, is running against independent Art Hamrick and Republican Kevin Brown for the supervisor seat left vacant by Joe Skow’s resignation.
Skow is moving to Florida.
Zinn is retired, having worked most recently in the state unemployment office.
If elected, Zinn said he’d approach the job the same way he did when he last served.
“Just take care of the concerns of the county, listen to the concerns of the citizens and be fiscally responsible,” he said. “(When) I was on the board before, we had a good working relationship with all the department heads and we tried to keep the budget down and the taxes down.”
To illustrate his belief in fiscal responsibility, Zinn told of how one year in the 90s, during some tough times for the county, he and the other supervisors asked the compensation board not to give them a salary increase.
The compensation board ended up giving the supervisors an increase anyway.
Zinn said the supervisors wrote checks back to the county to cover the difference.
“That was our way of showing that what we said as a board, to have a zero percent raise for the compensation, that’s what we wanted to have done and it didn’t happen,” he said. “We did it anyway. We gave our money back from the raise. That’s being fiscally responsible and that’s the way I’ve always been.”
Zinn also serves on the Spencer Community School District board, a position he’s held for about eight years. He has three more years on the board.
Should he be elected county supervisor, Zinn said he’s learned he can serve in both positions.
“I checked that out when I ran for the county board,” Zinn said. “Just to make sure that it was OK to do that.”
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