Van Buren County says good-bye to long-time auditor

Jon Finney and his wife, Deb, share a laugh at his retirement party./KTVO

There has been one constant in Van Buren County for the past four decades.

The name on the door of the county auditor's office was Jon Finney.

Come next Friday, that will no longer be true.

Finney announced his retirement last month from the post he has held since February 1976.

According to Finney, that makes him the second- longest serving elected county official in Iowa.

Greene County Attorney Nicola Martino was appointed 11 days before Finney.

On Wednesday, residents from across the county came to celebrate Finney's tenure.

Dozens of residents gathered at the courthouse to share memories and a few laughs with Finney and his wife, Deb.

When he announced his retirement last month Finney told KTVO that he was ready for retirement, almost.

"It's a mixed emotion type thing, but it's time to let the younger generation take the helm and move forward," he said.

Things have certainly changed over the years. Finney remembers when handing out matchbooks to potential voters was a good campaign tactic.

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