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


Pat Murray  ~  Jerry Steven  ~  Joe Pisney

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 January 1, 2021

Joe Pisney
16532 10th Street
Lime Springs, IA 52155
Term Ends January 1, 2023

Jerry Steven
223 Busti Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
Term Ends January 1, 2023

Boards and Commissions Served on include:

Turkey River Watershed Infrastructure-Jerry Steven
Northeast Iowa Community Action-Joe Pisney
Northeast Iowa Behavioral Mental Health-Pat Murray
1st Judicial Department of Corrections-Pat Murray. Joe Pisney, Alternate
North Iowa Juvenile Detention-Pat Murray. Joe Pisney, Alternate
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning (Policy Making)-Jerry Steven. Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Regional Transportation Policy Board-Jerry Steven. Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Emergency Management-Joe Pisney
HAWC Empowerment-Joe Pisney
Howard County Economic Development-Pat Murray
RC&D-Pat Murray
Regional Transportation Advisory-Joe Pisney. Jerry Steven, Alternate.
Northeast Iowa-3A-Pat Murray
Howard County Board of Trustees Liaison-Pat Murray
Empowerment Executive Board/Empowerment Team-Joe Pisney
HAZMAT Board-Jerry Steven
CIDC Board-Pat Murray, Liaison
Upper Explorerland Executive Board-Pat Murray
Revolving Loan Fund-Upper Explorerland-Pat Murray
Wapsi Trail Board-Jerry Steven. Pat Murray and Joe Pisney, Alternates.
North East Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Board-Joe Pisney
Housing Inc.-Joe Pisney
County Housing Trust Fund-Joe Pisney
Regional Housing Authority Board-Joe Pisney
Turkey River Watershed Authority-Jerry Steven. Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Upper Iowa Watershed-Joe Pisney, Pat Murray, Alternate.
Turkey River Authority Board-Jerry Steven. Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Wapsi River Watershed Authority-Jerry Steven. Pat Murray, Alternate.
County Social Services-Pat Murray. Jerry Steven, Alternate.
Howard County Board of Health-Pat Murray
Region 1 Iowa Workforce Investment Board-Elkader-Jerry Steven

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:
Joe Pisney

District 3 Supervisor:
Jerry Steven

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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