A member of the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has died.
According to an obituary from Conway-Markham Funeral Home, Richard “Rick” Holthaus of Alta Vista passed away Sunday at Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City. Holthaus had been hospitalized for about two weeks before succumbing to COVID and pneumonia. He was 62.
Holthaus was elected to the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors in November 2020 for a four-year term. He served previously as a supervisor and lost the 2016 election. The current District 1 supervisor term of Holthaus is scheduled to run through December 31st, 2024.
According to Chickasaw County Auditor Stephanie Mashek, the County Treasurer, Recorder, and Auditor may appoint someone who resides in District 1 to take over his seat. However, Mashek says the County is seeking clarification on whether to use the existing supervisor district lines or wait until the Legislative Services Agency draws the new supervisor district lines based on the 2020 Census.
Mashek says the County could also call for a special election instead of appointing someone, or, if the publication of the intention to appoint is made, the public could petition the Auditor’s office for a special election 14 days AFTER the publication. Iowa Code 69.14A spells it out for guidance on this topic. 69.14A.pdf (iowa.gov)
Mashek adds that if an appointment is made through the end of this year, the position would have to be up for vote in this year’s general election. If no papers are taken out for this seat, then write-ins will dictate the winner.
The Conway-Markham Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements for Holthaus. Details are available on the obituary page of our station website.