County Government Organization
Forms of GovernmentThere are 3 basic forms of county government: Traditional Plural Executive Form (the current form in Black Hawk County); the Elected Executive Plan; and the County Manager Form. Under the County Charter Government Bill passed in 1988 by the Iowa General Assembly, counties are allowed to study and change that form.
Elected OfficialsElected Officials are the board of supervisors, recorder, treasurer, auditor, sheriff and county attorney. Each official is elected to a 4-year term.
Appointed OfficialsAppointed Officials are appointed, or hired, by the Board of Supervisors to manage administrative departments. The following department heads serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors:
- Rory Geving, Superintendent of Maintenance, Building Maintenance
- Amanda Fesenmeyer, Human Resources Director, Human Resources
- Catherine Nicholas, County Engineer, Engineer
- Al Yu, Information Technology Director, Information Technology (IT)
Board of HealthAppointments for some officials are handled differently, such as the Health Department, Conservation and Veterans' Affairs. The Health Department and Conservation are their own "Employer of Record" so are not part of county bargaining units. The director of the Health Department is appointed by the Board of Health, whose 5 members are appointed to 3 year terms by the Board of Supervisors.
Conservation BoardThe executive director for Conservation is appointed by the Conservation Board. Appointments to the 5 member board are made by the Board of Supervisors and serve 5 year terms.
- Mike Hendrickson, Conservation Interim Executive Director, Conservation
Veteran's Affairs CommissionThe director for Veterans Affairs is appointed by the Veterans' Commission. Appointments to the 5 member commission are made by the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners serve 3 year staggered terms.
- Yolando Loveless, Executive Director, Veterans Affairs