by Steve Peterson
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) and Sioux County Supervisors have honored Auditor Lois Huitink for three decades of service.
“When I started, I thought I would work until the kids were through with school. Now I have a granddaughter who is in college,” said Huitink.
She worked for Auditor Dennis Lange, from 1983 to 2006. Lange had been auditor for decades, “and was a wonderful man to work for but died of a brain tumor in 2006. The Republicans nominated me for the office for the November, 2006 election, and I was also elected in 2008 and 2012,” said Huitink.
“We’ve had quite a turnover in the past few years in the office as two ladies have retired, and we hired a GIS technician,” said Huitink, who lives in rural Orange City.
Huitink does not plan to run for reelection when her term is up in 2016.
“We handle payroll, human relations, the county plat maps, budgets, elections, claims paid, and expenses,” said Huitink of her seven-person staff.
One current challenge facing the office is the timely handling of business property tax credits from the State of Iowa.
“My parents lived here and all of the siblings live in the county, so I’m invested in Sioux County,” said Huitink, who is married to Gene Huitink and is a Unity Christian alumnus.
The Office of Auditor is somewhat unique in that there is no auditor school to attend or degree required.
“We get a lot of training from ISAC in payroll, budget and elections,” said Huitink.
“The scope of the job has changed so much with technology. When I started, we had two printers for the whole county and a mainframe (computer),” said Huitink.
The county courthouse has had several changes, from bringing the attorney’s office in from Sioux Center and the opening of a public health department office across the street and improvements in the building.
As for the future, Huitink plans on spending much more time in her garden and seeing the seven grandchildren.