Doland resigns as County Supervisor as residency is called into question

Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Doland resigned May 7, effective June 5. The resignation comes after Doland’s residency was called into question after an investigation by the News-Review suggests he may no longer be a resident of Mahaska County.

Doland was first elected as a Mahaska County Supervisor after he prevailed in a controversial special election by 21 votes in January 2013. He was re-elected to a full term in 2014 and had initially declined to seek another term in this year’s election.

The issue was considered one of the worst kept secrets in Mahaska County came to a head at the May 2 Mahaska County Supervisors meeting when a member of the press confronted Doland on the issue and asked that he resign. Doland declined, stating that he lives with a friend in Oskaloosa, who is currently an employee of Mahaska County Secondary Roads.

Documents obtained by the News-Review show that Doland recently sold real estate property he owned in Fremont. Doland listed his address on a Real Estate Transfer filed with the Mahaska County Recorder’s Office as 1803 Burlington Ave, Oskaloosa. The transfer was recorded on April 10.

However, additional documents filed in federal bankruptcy court suggest Doland lives over an hour outside of Oskaloosa.

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