BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Supervisors have selected Dan Kolacia to be appointed Boone County Attorney, filling the unexpired term of Adria Kester who resigned on January 31st. Kolacia was selected following interviews with five candidates, including the current Boone County Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonnerman. The Board is scheduled to formally make the appointment Monday morning during a Special Meeting at 9:00 AM in the Board Room. Kolacia will then receive the oath of office.
Supervisor Tom Foster, Chairman of the Board had said earlier they had hoped to arrive at a decision by Friday, March 8th and make the appointment by the 12th which is the deadline under Iowa law. When Kester announced her resignation to take an appointment as an Associate District Court Judge, the Supervisors decided to fill the vacancy by appointment. Initially there were only two applicants and one withdrew the day of the interviews. The Board then named former County Attorney Jim Robbins as the interim County Attorney and opened up the application process a second time. More than 20 applications were received and five candidates were interviewed. Kolacia was the unanimous selection by the Board, based on his record with the District Attorney’s Office in Riverside, California and for his work ethic that the Board feels will be needed for this position. The Supervisors also took action to make the position full-time instead of part-time.
Kolacia is an Iowa native, from Fort Dodge. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and has been with the District Attorney’s office in Riverside, California since 2006. Previously, Kolacia worked for some financial institutions in southern California. He obtained his Law Degree from Southwestern College.