Tom Hockensmith began serving his first term as Polk County Supervisor in January 2003 and served as Chairperson of the Board in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013. He is currently serving as Vice Chairperson. Prior to redistricting in 2012, Supervisor Hockensmith represented Polk County’s Third District, which included the cities of Alleman, Altoona, Bondurant, Elkhart, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells and the northeast section of Des Moines. Effective January 2013, Supervisor Hockensmith began representing Polk County’s Fourth District which includes East Des Moines, Runnells, Camp Township, Fourmile Township, as well as a portion of Saylor Township and the Northeast and Southeast portions of the City of Des Moines.
Hockensmith’s previous professional experience includes positions as a policy advisor for Iowa Governor Thomas J. Vilsack, a union representative for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and as an electrician for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Hockensmith represents the Board of Supervisors on the Correctional Services Board of Directors, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Assessor's Liaison Conference Board Committee, and Polk County Risk Management Committee Board.
Hockensmith has lived and worked in Polk County for more than 40 years. He is a member of the Des Moines Elks #98. Hockensmith was previously a member of AFSCME Local 3450 and IBEW Local #499 and has served on the Polk County Democrat’s Central Committee.
Hockensmith and his wife have two daughters, two adult sons and four grandchildren. He is an avid supporter of youth athletics in East Des Moines and is proud to be an East High Scarlet alumni of 1974.