County attorney candidate files suit over claims in story
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A candidate for Boone County attorney has filed a lawsuit against the Wapello and Boone county attorneys and others.
The Ottumwa Courier reports Friday the suit filed by Republican lawyer Stephen Swanson, who now is running for Boone County attorney, was prompted by an Aug. 10 story by The Des Moines Register. The Register story states that when Swanson worked as an assistant county attorney in Ottumwa, he lost his job because of missing court deadlines.
Swanson disputes those claims and says he resigned.
The suit names Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger, Wapello County, Boone County Attorney Dan Kolacia and the Boone County Democratic Party. It accuses the defendants of violating open record laws and employee confidentiality rules as well as slander.
None of the defendants filed a response as of Friday.
Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com