The Board of Supervisors is the executive and administrative branch of county government. The supervisors make policy for the county, administer the various county programs, have final authority over the county budget, and represent the county at the state level.
The three Jefferson County Supervisors are elected to four-year terms by both rural and city voters. They share an office on the first floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Supervisor Dee Sandquist
Republican Party, assumed office 01/01/2017, term expires 2024.
Supervisor Daryn J. Hamilton
Democratic Party, assumed office 01/01/2019, term expires 2022.
Supervisor Susie Drish
Democratic Party, assumed office 01/01/2021, term expires 2024.
The supervisors meet every Monday at 9:00am in the first-floor meeting room at the courthouse. The public is invited to attend, but should submit agenda items in advance to the Auditor's office by noon Thursday. See the Agenda & Minutes webpage. Other board meetings will be scheduled as necessary.
Minutes of the Board meetings are available for public viewing in the County Auditor's office in the Courthouse, are on the Agenda & Minutes webpage, and are published weekly in the official county newspapers.
The County Supervisors main responsibility is setting a county budget to meet the needs of the rural population in the township areas and the human service needs of the entire county. The budget process begins in the late fall and is certified to the State of Iowa by the following March 15th. The county operates on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30.
The Jefferson County Supervisors serve on about 42 boards who have influence on the operations of the Jefferson County government.
Functions of the Board of Supervisors:
- Three members are elected who serve staggered four-year terms.
- Elections are held every two years.
- Legislative body of county government.
- The Board elects one member annually to chair its activities.
- Responsible for overseeing the county budget.
- Make county policies. (See Jefferson County Code of Ordinances webpage).
- Set county tax levy.
- Approve bonds and reports.
- Supervisors serve on a number of Boards and Commissions that affect all aspects of the county - Jefferson County Board of Supervisors - Committee Assignments 2021 (PDF), and Jefferson County Boards/Commissions (PDF).
- Promotes and facilitates various cooperative efforts between and among other government entities and jurisdictions.
Other Elected Officials:
County Attorney, go to their webpage.
County Auditor, go to their webpage.
County Sheriff, go to their webpage.
County Recorder, go to their webpage.
County Treasurer, go to their webpage.
Click on the photo to see a photo essay of the courthouse
The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) - https://www.iowacounties.org/
National Association of Counties website - https://www.naco.org
Links to Iowa Resources (from The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) -
News - Statue Of Liberty Returns To Courthouse Lawn
A grand 'ol lady returned to the Jefferson County Courthouse, Tuesday, June 20, 2007.
For the past couple of years, restoration of the Statue of Liberty, that stood watch on the courthouse's south lawn, has been taking place at Pech Radiator Shop by Matthew Mazza and County Supervisor Mike Pech.
Now after a complete restoration the statue has been put back on its pedestal.
The statue was a gift to the county from the Boy Scouts of America in the early 50's, but was blown over by a wind storm in 2005 and suffered severe damage. A dedication for the statue will be held at a later date.
(From Emily Humble, News Director, KMCD)
Statue of Liberty in front of Jefferson County Courthouse.
This is the south (main) entrance.
The plaque on the statue pedestal.