Supervisor Tom Hockensmith began serving his first term as Polk County Supervisor in January 2003. Supervisor Hockensmith currently represents Polk County’s 4th District which includes East Des Moines, Runnells, Camp Township, Four Mile Township, as well as a portion of Saylor Township and the Northeast and Southeast portions of the City of Des Moines. Prior to redistricting in 2012, he represented Polk County’s 3rd District, which included the cities of Alleman, Altoona, Bondurant, Elkhart, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells and the Northeast section of Des Moines.
Tom’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.
Supervisor Hockensmith represents the Board of Supervisors on the Correctional Services Board of Directors, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Assessor’s Liaison Conference Board Committee, Polk County Risk Management Committee Board, and is Chair of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has a strong interest in transportation infrastructure projects.
Tom has lived and worked in Polk County for more than 40 years. Supervisor Hockensmith and his wife have four children and six grandchildren. He is an avid supporter of youth athletics in East Des Moines and is the 2015-16 president of the East High Alumni.