Aaron Holmbeck resigns as county engineer

Aaron Holmbeck resigned as Osceola County engineer Wednesday, June 10. The board of supervisors accepted his resignation, which became effective that same day.

SIBLEY—Aaron Holmbeck resigned as Osceola County engineer Wednesday, June 10, after serving nearly four years in the role.

The county board of supervisors accepted Holmbeck’s resignation during a special meeting Wednesday. His resignation became effective that same day.

“Aaron resigned, and we thank him for his service and we’re glad for the four years he gave us,” said county attorney Nolan McGowan.

The board held another special meeting Friday, June 12, to discuss steps moving forward for the county engineer’s office.

Board chairman Ed Jones said the county should advertise for a full-time replacement for Holmbeck as it works with nearby county engineer offices in the interim period.

He explained he received a draft of a short-term intergovernmental agreement from Dickinson County.

“It has not been approved by their board or reviewed yet by their county attorney. But that’s our draft proposal,” Jones said.

The Osceola County supervisors approved a motion to move forward with the sharing agreement.

Holmbeck started as county engineer in August 2016 after working numerous public and private engineering roles in his native Minnesota and later in Iowa.

McGowan did not further explain why Holmbeck chose to resign, citing a county policy about not commenting on personnel matters beyond information that is publicly available.

Holmbeck did not respond to multiple phone calls for comment.