The Howard County, Iowa Board of Supervisors consists of three members elected at large. The Board of Supervisors is the legislative body of the county.

  Howard County, Iowa - Board of Supervisors


Donald Burnikel - Janet McGovern - Pat Murray

About The Board
The Board of Supervisors has both legislative and administrative powers and is the policy-making body for Howard County government. With its authority to adopt legislation and policies for department operations, the Board sets priorities, allocates resources and maintains budgetary control.

The budget process is the most important power of the Board. By using the budget process effectively, the Board is able to monitor and correct inefficiencies in all organizational units, including elected departments, quasi-government organizations, and administrative departments.

In addition to these responsibilities, the Board of Supervisors promotes and facilitates various cooperative efforts among and between other government entities and jurisdictions. Most importantly, the Board is available to its constituency and can respond to issues of importance to citizens. The Board also appoints individuals or serves on a number of Boards and Commissions that affect all aspects of Howard County operations.

Regular sessions of the Board of Supervisors are held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday mornings. The duties of the Board of Supervisors can be found throughout Chapter 331 in the Code of Iowa.

Pat Murray
531 3th Ave E
Cresco, IA 52136
Term Ends December 31, 2020

Serves on the following boards:
Northeast Iowa Community Action
1st Judicial Department of Corrections
North Iowa Juvenile Detention
Northeast Iowa 3A
Howard County Board of Trustees Liaison
Hazmat Board
Wapsi Trail Board-Alternate
Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Board
Housing INC.
Turkey River Watershed Authority- Alternate
Wapsi River Watershed Authority-Alternate
County Social Services
Howard County Board of Health
Region 1 Iowa Workforce Investment Board-Elkader

Donald Burnikel
5881 Timber Avenue
Lime Springs, Iowa  52155
Term Ends December 31, 2018

Serves on the following boards:
Northeast Iowa Behavioral Mental Health
Upper Exploreland Regional Planning (Policy Making)-Alternate
Regional Transportation Policy Board-Alternate
Emergency Management
HAWK Empowerment
Howard County Economic Development
Regional Transportation Advisory
Empowerment Executive Board/Empowerment Team
CIDC Board Liaison
Wapsi Trail Board-Alternate
County Housing Trust Fund
County Social Services-Alternate

Janet McGovern
12063 Crescent Avenue
Riceville, Iowa 50466
Term Ends December 31, 2018

Serves on the following boards:
Turkey River Watershed Infrastructure
1st Judicial Department of Corrections-Alternate
North Iowa Juvenile Detention-Alternate
Upper Exploreland Regional Planning (Policy Making)
Regional Transportation Policy Board
Enterprise Zone
Regional Transportation Advisory-Alternate
Upper Exploreland Executive Board
Revolving Loan Fund- Upper Exploreland
Wapsi Trail Board
Turkey River Watershed Authority
Upper Iowa Watershed
Turkey River Authority Board
Wapsi River Watershed Authority

Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

Meeting Hours:
Monday - 9:00am

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

County Supervisors:
District 1 Supervisor:
Pat Murray

District 2 Supervisor:
Donald Burnikel

District 3 Supervisor:
Janet McGovern

Board of Supervisors Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Board of Supervisors office

Board of Supervisors Links:
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)

National Association of Counties

Links to Iowa Resources

Board of Supervisors
District Map

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