Union County Attorney hires temporary assistant

Union County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a temporary assistant for Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon Monday.

Elizabeth Kenyon — Tim Kenyon’s daughter — will start as a temporary assistant in December and focus on juvenile court matters.

“Per the (Iowa) Code, for him to have a family member working for him, he had to get approval from the board,” said Union County Auditor Sandy Hysell.

Kenyon was approved for about $12,000 for an assistant in the past two budgets, but has been unable to find an attorney who is available to fill the part-time role.

“Right now, we have a number of cases going on, our plate is full,” Kenyon said. “There are very few young attorneys in the area that are willing to do juvenile work and be conflicted out of things.”

An attorney who is representing the state for Union County cannot represent any other county for court appointments. Kenyon said this made it challenging to find an attorney available to fill the position.

Elizabeth Kenyon, a graduate of the College of Law at the University of Iowa, will work on a month-to-month basis. She has completed multiple internships concerning juvenile court matters in the Cedar Rapids area.