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Newscast 04.20.22: Iowa Home Sales Slightly Higher; Woodbury County Seeks New Emergency Services Director

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Woodbury County Emergency Services Director Andrew Donawa has resigned after six months on the job, according to The Sioux City Journal.

Gary Brown, the longtime director who Donawa succeeded, has offered to temporarily come out of retirement to fill the position until July 30, or a replacement is found. Donawa, who was hired in November 2021, said his resignation is effective April 29.

Brown told the board of supervisors on Tuesday he would be willing to fill in as the director at no cost to the county until a new director is hired.

Brown retired in July 2021 after 41 years in the department.
The job description needs to be updated because it still has tasks the emergency

Home sales were up slightly in Iowa last month, while national data shows a decline of 2.7% in sales of existing U.S. home in March.

Robin Anderson, the chief economist for the State of Iowa says in some ways the state may be doing a little bit better in terms of sales.
But Anderson says the lack of supply is a big constraint on the housing market.

According to the Iowa Association of Realtors, there were 14.4% fewer Iowa homes for sale in March compared to the same month last year. The median price for an Iowa home sold last month was $203,500. That compares to $180,000 in March of last year.

The Iowa legislature has unanimously voted for a bill to make more photos available for public alerts about Missing Persons. Representative Tom Jeneary of Le Mars guided the bill through the House.

Under current law, the DOT cannot release a driver’s license photo or a non-driver’s ID photo except to law enforcement in limited situations. Jeneary says this bill allows law enforcement to share the picture when a person is missing or the person is suspected of taking a minor in an Amber Alert.

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