Timothy J. Farmer of Perry has been hired as the Greene County Assistant Attorney. He first day on the job was Wednesday, Dec. 19. Farmer is familiar with Greene County, having worked as a defense attorney on several Greene County cases.
Farmer graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is employed at Trey Suchar Law’s Perry office. Trey Suchar Law specializes in immigration law, and Farmer speaks Spanish.
He learned Spanish while serving a two-year mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and then worked in human resources before attending law school.
Farmer’s contract with Greene County is for 15 hours a week at an annual salary of $38,000. He plans to be in Greene County Wednesdays and Fridays. He moves into the assistant county attorney position as Thomas Laehn takes the county attorney office Jan. 1.
Laehn ran unopposed as a Libertarian candidate for the county attorney job in November. He replaces longtime Greene County Attorney Nicola Martino, who is retiring.
According to Laehn, Farmer will begin working primarily with magistrate cases.
Farmer is the county’s second assistant county attorney. When Laehn was hired as assistant during the summer of 2017, it was a full-time position. Much of the work of the attorney’s office, including case filing and scheduling, is now done using the ProLaw computer program, giving Laehn confidence the workload of the entire office can be done with 1-1/2 positions rather than two full-time positions.
Victoria Riley is the editor and publisher of the Greene County News Online.