BOONE, Iowa—Monday was the deadline to submit petitions for those that wanted to have a special election to fill the position of Boone County Attorney and no petitions have been received in the Auditor’s Office at the Boone County Courthouse. Shortly after the appointment of Dan Kolacia as the new Boone County Attorney, a petition drive was started, but it was apparently decided to drop the effort. Kolacia was formally appointed and was sworn in on March 11th, after being selected from 5 candidates that were interviewed. That day, Supervisor Tom Foster released a statement from the Board saying they felt they had selected the best candidate for the position. The statement also reminded residents of the special election process if residents felt the Board had not done it’s job properly.
With the turn over at the top spot in the County Attorney’s Office, Kolacia’s appointment now stands until the next general election, which will be in November 2014. Late last year, Adria Kester was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Jim Robbins until the next general election was was last November. Kester was then elected to fill out the unexpired term. She resigned in January after accepting an appointment to the 2nd Judicial District bench as an Associated Judge. The Supervisors proceeded with plans to fill the position by appointment and had two candidates to consider, but started the process over when one candidate withdrew. The second time, more than 20 candidates submitted letters of interest in the appointment. The field was narrowed to five for interviews and Kolacia was selected unanimously by the Board. Voters also had a chance early on to petition for a special election when the Board chose to fill the position by appointment, but there was no petition effort at that time.