BOONE, Iowa—Monday, the Boone County Board of Supervisors officially appointed Daniel Kolacia as the Boone County Attorney, filling the unexpired term of Adria Kester who resigned in January to be appointed to the bench as a District Associate Judge. Kolacia is now the Boone County Attorney, but there is a petition drive, trying to gather enough signatures, to call for a special election. The petition is being headed by current Boone County Assistant County Attorney Daniel Gonnerman. Gonnerman was one of five candidates interviewed by the Supervisors during their process to select a new County Attorney. The petition requires nearly 1,400 signatures and would need to be submitted to the County Auditor’s office within the next week to be successful.
County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Phil Meier has said that a special election would probably cost taxpayers about $7,400. Meier says Kolacia’s appointment is to complete the term of Adria Kester, who was actually appointed to complete the term of Jim Robbins. Because there was a general election after Kester’s appointment, she had to stand for election last November to fill out the term. Kester had been unopposed in that election.
Following Kolacia’s appointment last Monday, Tom Foster, Chairman of the Boone County Supervisors did issue a statement saying the Board had unanimously selected Kolacia as the best candidate to fill the vacancy. Foster also noted the Board had originally decided to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, but actually had to extend the effort when one of the two candidates that showed an interest initially withdrew from consideration. The second time, over twenty candidates expressed an interest in the job and five were interviewed.