BOONE, Iowa—Boone City Attorney Jim Robbins had already indicated he intended to provide the Boone County Board of Supervisors with some assistance overseeing the County Attorney’s office, while the Board considers options to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of Adria Kester. By law, the Supervisors have 40-days from the date of the vacancy to actually fill the position. Kester’s resignation was effective last Thursday, so the Supervisor have 40-days from February 1st. Robbins told the City Council members that he wanted to present the matter to them since he is currently under contract to serve as the Boone City Attorney. Robbins says he has not intention of providing oversight of the office any longer than is absolutely necessary. He also says he has not interest in being appointed to the post he resigned from late last summer.
Initially, the Supervisors intended to appoint someone to fill the vacancy prior to Kester’s resignation taking affect. Two attorney’s had submitted letters of interest and qualifications and were to be interviewed last Wednesday. Daniel Gonnerman, Assistant Boone County Attorney, and Kelly Mahoney, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in Iowa. Mahoney withdrew her letter last Wednesday afternoon and the Supervisors decided to cancel interviews and reassess their plans.
Robbins says he agreed to help the Supervisors with the office, because the work must continue. The budget for the County Attorney must be completed and cases still have to be handled. Robbins told Council members Monday that he felt he could handle the additional responsibilities for the short term.