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County assessor gets lenient deferred judgement in drunk driving case

MASON CITY – A Cerro Gordo county assessor arrested last year on a drunk driving charge took a lenient plea deal.

Cerro Gordo county assessor John Boedeker, age 63, was arrested for operating while intoxicated on November 21, 2014 by a Mason City police officer. Boedeker was jailed and posted bond as he awaited a trial.

A judge waived a substance abuse evaluation, records show, and a written arraignment and plea of not guilty was entered on December 31, 2014. A special prosecutor was also appointed that day, at the request of Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen. Winnebago County Attorney Adam Sauer was appointed by judge Karen Salic.

Boedeker was scheduled for a February 24, 2015 jury trial and a pre-trial conference on February 13, but Salic scheduled a plea hearing for February 11, 2015.

On March 16, Boedeker entered a guilty plea. Judge Karen Salic handed down a deferred judgement. Boedeker must pay a $1,250 fine and serve one year of probation.

Tom Drzycimski, county employee manager, said employees of the city or county assessor’s offices are employees of their respective conference boards and not Cerro Gordo County. Boedeker is paid $94,660.57 by county taxpayers.

John Boedeker

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo county assessor has received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge. 63-year-old John Boedeker, of Mason City, must serve a year of probation and pay a $1,250 fine. Boedeker originally pleaded not guilty in November to a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Mason City police say Boedeker was pulled over one night days before Thanksgiving for driving without his vehicle lights on, then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

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