Sunday, January 23, 2022

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Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines


Amount: $10,119.65

To: Carpenter Uniform

For: Purchase of uniforms for the Sheriff’s Office, including $275.70 for patrol; $938.80 for detectives; $4,647.34 for jail staff; $879.93 for court staging; $384.48 for court services; and $2,993.40 worth of patrol vests.


Amount: $651.73


To: Clive Power Equipment

For: Purchase of parts, repair and maintenance for the Conservation Department, including fuel, air and oil filters and a $91.07 seatbelt kit for mowers.


Amount: $223

To: Michelle Collette

For: Payment for 111.5 primary hours serving as the nurse examiner for the Sexual Assault Response Team.


Amount: $334.56

To: Ed Roehr Safety Products (Missouri)

For: Purchase of air cartridges for Tasers for the Conservation Board.


Amount: $2,400

To: Fexsteve Limited Company

For: Payment for lead-removal services provided to 1301 Payton Ave.


Amount: $2,149.05

To: Field Paper Company (Nebraska)

For: Purchase of paper.


Amount: $856.40

To: Forestry Suppliers Inc. (Mississippi)

For: Purchase of a GPS mapping device ($199.99), fuses for forest fire torch ($358.50), a retractable ratchet tie-down ($21.25), gloves ($18.90), wind/waterproof lighters ($49.50) and two books — ”Getting To Know ARC GIS” ($79.95) and “Field Guide to Wildflowers” ($21.95) — plus $106.36 in shipping charges for the Conservation Board.


Amount: $1,962.35

To: Hammer Pharmacy

For: Purchase of medications for youth in detention.


Amount: $868.74 (Texas)

To: Insight Public Sector

For: Purchase of data processing supplies ($190.44) and PC software ($678.30).


Amount: $3,270

To: Iowa Cancer Consortium

For: Payment for services mitigating radon from people’s homes.


Amount: $4,273.50

To: Iowa Department of Public Health

For: Purchase of Vital Records security paper.


Amount: $201

To: Iowa Events Center

For: Payment for catering ($121) and audio-visual ($80) services for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Meeting held on Feb. 13.


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Name: Randy Ripperger

Title: Polk County Assessor

Department: Polk County Assessor’s Office

Annual Salary: $132,667

Years of service: Appointed by the Polk County Board of Supervisors last week after 33 years of service as the Chief Deputy Assessor (which afforded him 6 percent longevity pay equaling $7,509).



The Des Moines City Council recently approved Senior Police Officer John Scarlett to travel to Austin, Texas, from June 15-19, to attend the International Narcotics Interdiction Association’s “Sky Narc” Training Conference. The training promises to offer numerous classes on the current trends regarding illegal narcotic trafficking, terrorist interdiction and other criminal activity associated with drug distribution. This travel expense came with a $1,561 price tag to local taxpayers. CV

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