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Carlstrom is stepping down from elected office in order to serve as chairman of the Iowa Board of Parole. Gov. Terry Branstad announced the appointment on July 3.
The outgoing county attorney will begin his new position in Des Moines effective Sept. 3.
Carlstrom's first term was set to expire after the 2014 election cycle.
"It's an exciting position and it's an absolutely critical position for public safety," Carlstrom said. "I'm looking forward to working with the board and the department of corrections to find the solutions we need."
Carlstrom called his time as Dickinson County Attorney an "honor and a privilege" and said his primary goal is to provide continuity in the office during the transition period. Assistant County Attorney Jon M. Martin received Carlstrom's support to succeed him at Tuesday's board meeting.
"The county attorney's office here in Dickinson County is very busy," Carlstrom said in remarks after the board of supervisors meeting. "It's an office that works nonstop and has a pretty hefty caseload and some longtime members in it. Stability in this office is absolutely critical. Dickinson County has a caseload that is much bigger than what our population suggests."
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors will fill the position by appointment. If another candidate steps forward after the appointment is made, a petition calling for a special election can be filed with the Dickinson County Auditor's Office.
"I have expressed my interest to the board of supervisors to make me the appointee when Jason's vacancy becomes effective," Martin said.
Martin also said he plans to run for a four-year term in the next election cycle. Past officeholders have filled the position part-time in order to maintain a private practice. The assistant prosecutor said he would like to see the office maintain its current full-time status.
Carlstrom, 41, replaces Doris Kelley at the helm of the Iowa Board of Parole. Kelley will resume her responsibilities as vice chair of the board.
"Jason will be a great leader for this board, and brings with him an unmatched ability and experience," Gov. Branstad said in a statement from the governor's office. "I am excited to see the great work he will do on behalf of Iowans in his new role of service."