OSAGE | On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Amanda Adams was sworn in as District 2 Mitchell County Supervisor, moments after giving her verbal resignation as a member of the Stacyville City Council.
Adams, a Republican, from Stacyville, was in her second term on the council. She was first elected to the council in 2011.
Adams was appointed by Mitchell County Auditor Lowell Tesch, County Treasurer Shannon Paulus, and County Recorder Pat Skuster, to finish Paulus’ term as supervisor. Paulus was appointed county treasurer, following the resignation of Pam Meyer in late 2017.
Though Adams had not planned to move to a supervisor’s position, when the opportunity to apply was made public, she filled out her application and sent it in. In all, there were five applicants for the vacant supervisor’s position, which will be up for election later in the year.
“I’m 100 percent walking in with no agenda and nothing on my plate,” said Adams, who has worked at Hemann Insurance, in Stacyville, since October 2012.
Originally from Forest City, Adams met her husband, Matt, who was born and raised in Stacyville, and followed him there after they were married. Mother to a young son, who is still in elementary school, Adams admits in her younger years, she had never considered going into politics.
“I hated government class in high school,” Adams said. “I didn’t understand the importance of it, but the more I’ve been involved with committees and have learned the process, the more I have come to enjoy it. The people I’ve worked with have encouraged me to speak my mind and stand my ground.”
Adams served as the City of Stacyville representative on the Mitchell County Economic Development board and has worked on extensive amounts of infrastructure projects as part of the Stacyville City Council, in addition to working toward getting new streets in Stacyville.
Adams said she plans to continue working at Hemann Insurance, while serving as county supervisor. With elections on Nov. 6, Adams has been left with the decision as to whether she will run to keep the supervisor’s position.
“I’m undecided,” Adams said.