Coleman named Webster Co. attorney

The Webster County Board of supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of a new Webster County attorney Tuesday.

Cori Kuhn Coleman, who was previously the first assistant Webster County attorney, was appointed to the position.

Coleman replaces former County Attorney Ricki Osborn, who resigned effective May 31 to take over the private practice of longtime Fort Dodge attorney Tom Price.

Coleman is a 2005 graduate of Drake University Law School and has been with the Webster County attorney’s office since 2006, when she first joined the staff as an assistant attorney. In 2009 she was named second assistant, and was promoted to first assistant in February.

In 2009, Coleman was the assistant county attorney assigned to civil representation, and also tried Class A felony cases in 2010 and 2011.

“I have helped foster a lot of beneficial relationships with offices the public uses,” said Coleman. “I look forward to continuing to build relationships between the county and law enforcement.”

Already established in the office, Coleman said she also hopes to keep growing on all that the office staff and attorneys have accomplished in recent years.

“I look forward to continuing what we already have,” she said. “I look forward to growing and building both the attorneys and support staff in our office.”

Coleman said she considers Webster County and Fort Dodge home, and hopes to serve the county for years to come.

“My job brought me to the area in 2006 but my husband and I and our two children definitely consider Webster County home,” she said.

Coleman thanked the staff of Webster County and the board for the support behind her appointment.

“I want thank the board for the opportunity to interview with them,” she said. “And the numerous people who have supported me; our office staff, Ricki (Osborn) and the local law enforcement community.”

Supervisor Keith Dencklau said the appointment was a good choice and he is confident Coleman will serve the community well.

“We really had a lot of support from the county for this appointment,” said Dencklau. “We know she will do an outstanding job.”

“I think I can speak for the entire board when I say that it was overwhelming that she was the right candidate for the position,” said Supervisor Merrill Leffler.

The Webster County attorney’s seat will be up for re-election in 2014. Coleman said she intends to run for the office.

“I am, most definitely, planning to run in 2014,”she said.

Attorney Daniel Gonnerman, of Ames, also applied for the position.

On March 6, the supervisors set a salary of $92,131 for the county attorney for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1.