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Dec 10, 2013

Spees completes certification program

Jefferson County Recorder Kelly Spees was recently honored for completing a new certification program for Iowa county recorders and deputy recorders.

The Iowa County Recorders Association recognized the first graduating class of the program, including Spees, at a ceremony Nov. 15 in conjunction with the ISAC Fall School of Instruction in Des Moines. Forty-seven recorders and three deputy recorders received certificates and pins for completing the program.

The Iowa County Recorder Certification program provides Iowa county recorders and deputy recorders with the opportunity to learn how to effectively and professionally fulfill their elected duties and to better serve their communities. It was created by the Iowa County Recorders Association, with the assistance of personnel from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office. Participants in the program must complete 30 credit hours of training including 21 core credits and nine elective credits. The areas covered in the program are leadership and ethics, open meetings and open records, communications, human resources and office management, the Iowa Code, technology applications and local government and budgets.

County recorders and deputy recorders who become certified must complete continuing education classes to retain their certification.


Pedersen nominated for new award

ELDON — Joel Pedersen, superintendent of Cardinal Community School District in Eldon, was recently nominated for the first ever national John C. Maxwell Leadership Award.

More than 3,000 total nominations were accepted representing 10 categories: business, faith-based, education, family/youth, government, health and wellness, media, arts and entertainment, sports, and community service.

Pedersen was notified Thanksgiving Day that he had made the top 250.

“Joel graduated from Ottumwa Leadership Academy last year where we got to witness first-hand some of his leadership abilities,” said Hollie Tometich, executive director of Ottumwa Leadership Academy. “Joel is making a positive impact in the life of his students, staff, parents and the community as a whole. He is a genuine, down-to-earth person who leads with a heart of servitude and embodies several qualities that the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award committee was looking for. It is for this reason we chose to nominate Joel for this award.”

The John C. Maxwell Leadership Awards will recognize and honor 10 individuals/organizations whose achievements, contributions and qualifications have made them outstanding in their profession.


Kulp chosen for new hall of fame

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Jack Kulp, founder and CEO of TrafFix Devices Inc., was chosen as one of 22 engineers to be part of the inaugural class of the Engineering Hall of Fame.

The new hall of fame will serve to recognize distinguished engineers and their achievements as well as inspire future generations of students. The official induction ceremonies and unveiling of the Cal Poly Engineering Hall of Fame will take place Feb. 19-20 on campus in Pomona.

Kulp has been an engineering and business leader in the traffic control industry for more than 30 years. His many inventions and patents have led to the development of products that protect and save the lives of roadway construction workers and motorists. The products have lead the industry in performance and innovation. He started his company, TrafFix Devices, 27 years ago and has grown the company to nearly 300 employees worldwide, including a manufacturing facility in Fairfield.


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