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OSAGE | Mitchell County officials have appointed a Stacyville councilwoman to fill a vacant supervisors position. 

Mitchell County Auditor Lowell Tesch, Recorder Pat Skuster and Treasurer Shannon Paulus during a special meeting Friday appointed Amanda Adams to fill the vacant 3rd District Supervisor position.

The position became vacant earlier in the month, when Paulus was appointed as county treasurer and resigned her position as supervisor. Adams' appointment is for 11 months. 

The other applicants for the supervisor position were Victor Hall Jr., Bob Marreel, Steven Smolik and Rita Dvorak, Tesch said via email after the meeting. 

Paulus said after the meeting no interviews were conducted by the committee; rather, applications were reviewed.

“They (the applicants) were known around the courthouse,” Paulus said.

A special election was not held due to cost, which Tesch in an email estimated at a few thousand dollars. He said the election would have only affected approximately one-third of the county. 

Adams represents communities in the central and eastern parts of the county including Stacyville, McIntire, Riceville, Orchard and Little Cedar.

The public has 14 days to petition for a special election, Tesch added. 

Adams is scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday. She is in her second term as a Stacyville City Council member, a position Tesch said he believes she will need to resign from. 

Elected officials besides those who hold statewide or legislative positions cannot hold more than one elected office in the same level of government at a time, according to the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. 

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