A section of your article stood out to me concerning HR in Benton County.
We would never think it "normal" for three grown women to tell a grown man that they can't do a job fearing it might be "too much." However, it appears that the Benton County Supervisors are comfortable demeaning one of their own employees in this public way by telling a grown woman that she is not capable of handling a task.
Perhaps these men should reconsider their dated behavior and apologize, recognize that if the lady has a plan, and let her do the job. Not "let" her, necessarily, but recognize that she's already doing the job, back away and let her continue. Unless of course, you believe that women are somehow unable to function unless you intervene. When Auditor Ripple laid out her plan, providing copies to the group, as well as a provision for situations involving personnel, you should have thanked her.
It appears that she's the only one in the room attempting to do her job, and that is to responsibly serve the county.
Thank you Ms. Ripple.