Board of Supervisors Elect 2019 Leadership
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
DES MOINES, Iowa – January 2, 2019 — In the first official meeting of the year the Polk County Board of Supervisors took action today to elect Tom Hockensmith, 4th District Supervisor, as its new Chairperson and Matt McCoy, 5th District Supervisor, as its Vice Chair. The Board of Supervisors welcomed Supervisor McCoy, who begins his first term in serving the residents of Polk County’s 5th District following the completion of Supervisor John F. Mauro’s final term.
“John was an outstanding member of the Board of Supervisors and we will miss him greatly. He has an extremely generous heart and dedicated his career to helping the most vulnerable residents in our community,” said Supervisor Hockensmith. “Most recently he spearheaded work in our community to reduce the number of people who go hungry. There is still work to be done, but he has moved the needle both in terms of how our community acknowledges this problem and in expanding access to food assistance for working families.”
The Board of Supervisors, under Supervisor Mauro’s leadership, helped seven food pantries expand their access to 40 hours per week, added three new mobile food pantries, created three new permanent food pantry sites, expanded access to hot evening meals and invested in food rescue. Additional research has been conducted to measure the true scope of the problem in Polk County and awareness of the issue has increased tremendously. The Board of Supervisors plan to continue supporting the work that has been done on hunger.
Outgoing Chair Angela Connolly added “John was so much fun to have in the office but more importantly he embodied the Board of Supervisors’ commitment to human services and helping our most vulnerable residents. We congratulate him on a successful career and look forward to Supervisor McCoy continuing this important work.”
Supervisor McCoy joins the Board of Supervisors after serving six terms in the Iowa Senate and two terms in the Iowa House. He brings with him a broad range of experience and has been recognized for his leadership on important issues, such as affordable housing, health care and equality. His demonstrated support of underserved communities, such as the elderly, the homeless and the LGBTQ will make him a respected addition to the Polk County Board of Supervisors.
“I am so proud of the work that I have done on behalf of the residents of Iowa and will miss my colleagues in the Iowa Senate and House, but as a life-long resident of Des Moines I look forward to serving this community directly,” said Supervisor McCoy. He added, “I appreciate the work of the Board of Supervisors and look forward to working with them on issues ranging from affordable housing, mental health and expansion of economic development in the region.”
Polk County Supervisors hold regular weekly public meetings every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 120 of the Polk County Administration Building, 111 Court Avenue, Des Moines and on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. as needed.