Board of Supervisors
Provide all customers the most satisfying products while maintaining sound fiscal management in order to enhance the quality of life in Linn County.
The Board of Supervisors is Linn County's governing body. The five members of the Board of Supervisors are elected by district and serve staggered four-year terms.
- James Houser, District 1 (PDF) and 2018 Vice Chairperson
- Stacey Walker, District 2 (PDF)
- Ben Rogers, District 3 (PDF)
- Brent Oleson, District 4 (PDF)
- John Harris, District 5 (PDF) and 2018 Chairperson
Want to know which Supervisor represents you? See the district map links above or find out using our Lookup Tool. Please note that Supervisor districts will change beginning January 2019 due to the public vote to reduce the number of Supervisors from five to three. All Supervisor seats are up for election in November 2018. A web-based map of the Supervisor districts for the 2018 election is available here.
The Board of Supervisors serves as the administrative and policy-making body for Linn County and oversees County programs that serve residents and businesses. These responsibilities include:
- Setting fiscal policy
- Establishing tax rate to support County programs and services
- Budget appropriations for all areas of County government
- Health and social service needs for Linn County
- Land use planning and development within unincorporated Linn County
- Secondary roads
The Board of Supervisors reviews and sets the annual budgets for all County departments including the offices of other County elected officials: Auditor, County Attorney, Recorder, Sheriff, and Treasurer.
Directors of the following County departments report to the Board of Supervisors: Finance and Budget, Facilities, Human Resources, Engineering and Secondary Roads, Information Technology, Linn County Community Services, LIFTS, Planning and Development, Purchasing, Risk Management, Soil Conservation, and Veteran Affairs. The County has more than 750 employees.
- Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
- Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
- Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center
935 Second Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Check the County website or call our office at 319-892-5000 for any exceptions to the regularly scheduled times.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available 24 hours prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. Sign up to receive agendas via email. You can watch time-stamped video archives of the meetings from the comfort of your home.
Committee & Liaison Assignments
To better serve the people of Linn County, individual members of the Board of Supervisors serve as liaison to specific city councils within their districts, organizations, and Linn County departments. View a list of the Board's committee and liaison assignments (PDF).
Members of the Board of Supervisors also appoint citizens to various county boards, commissions, and committees.
In July 2007, the voters of Linn County voted on a measure to change the form of government of the county from supervisors at-large to supervisors by district. The current five-member governing structure of the Board of Supervisors took effect in January 2009 following a separate public vote to increase the number of Board members from three to five. In November 2016, Linn County voters elected to change the number of supervisors from five back to three and to retain the district representation. This will become effective in January 2019.