interview attorneys for county position
The Ripley County Commissioners interviewed three candidates for
the county attorney position at the regular meeting on Monday,
January 24. The position became available after Neil Comer retired
as the county attorney on December 31, 2010. Neil continues his
private law practice at his Osgood location.
The candidates included John Watson, Jeff Sharp and John Ertel.
John Watson has been practicing law since 1993 and currently has
an office in Sunman. According to Watson, he got into municipal
law about eight years ago and currently represents the towns of
St. Leon, Moores Hill and Patriot, as well as several utilities.
He was a resident of Ripley County until recently when his family
moved to Dearborn County, just a few minutes from Sunman.
Jeff Sharp started practicing law in Batesville in 2005 with experience
in criminal law, wills and estates, and litigations. Sharp noted
that he has not represented a government entity before, but says
he is a quick learner. He has been a life-long resident of Ripley
John Ertel began his practice in Osgood in 1995. According to
Ertel, he has experience with personal injury and workmans
compensation cases as well as experience with planning, zoning,
and drainage issues. Ertel is currently the attorney for the Planning
and Zoning Commission for Ripley County and for the Town of Holton.
The commissioners thanked each applicant for their interest and
will take each application under advisement for a decision at
a later date.
In the annual board of finance meeting, the commissioners agreed
to renew the contract with the online credit card company used
by the treasurers office. The commissioners unanimously
agreed to give treasurer Earline Copeland authority to invest
funds on the behalf of the county as well as approved the list
In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved the
recommendation to reappoint Marianne Wiggers and appoint Paul
Sipples to the county tourism board.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be
on Monday, February 7 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County
Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse
annex in Versailles.