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Boards & Commissions

The Board of Supervisors is always looking for people interested in serving their community.

The Benton County Board of Supervisors is taking applications for various board and commission appointments in the coming year. Benton County appreciates diversity in these appointments and welcomes all applicants at least 18 years of age. The terms and dates of appointments vary. These are unpaid positions. Some appointments must be balanced on a political party basis. For information on elected boards (schools, agricultural extension, soil and conservation), visit our Elections website.

Benefited Fire District #1 Van Horne

Fire Districts consists of three members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three-year periods. 

Larry Hlas
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Mark Kuch
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Dean Werner
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years

Benefited Fire District #2 Keystone

Fire Districts consists of three members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three-year periods. 

Dan Busch
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Steve Kromminga
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Dale Seeck
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years

Benefited Fire District #3 Benton-Linn

Fire Districts consists of three members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three-year periods. 

Mike Deklotz
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
James Keiper
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Allan Schanbacher
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years

Benefited Fire District #4 Newhall

Fire Districts consists of three members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three-year periods. 

Roy Becker
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Timothy Rathje
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Duane Rinderknecht
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years

Board of Health

Board of Health consists of five county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three-year periods. 

Tai Burkhart, Chair
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 2 Years
Jessica Fairbanks, Vice-Chair
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 2 Years
Karl Holmes
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 2 Years
Lori Mott
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Jean Ohlen
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years

Compensation Board

The Compensation Board consists of a representative for each elected official appointed by each elected official. The Board of Supervisors appoints two representatives. 

Mike Barnes, Supervisor
Term Ends: 6/30/27
Term Length: 4 Years
Michael Kirkpatrick, Attorney
Term Ends: 6/30/27
Term Length: 4 Years
Lynn Schoenmann, Sheriff
Term Ends: 6/30/27
Term Length: 4 Years
Michele Schoonover, Auditor
Term Ends: 6/30/25
Term Length: 4 Years
Tressa Walton, Treasurer
Term Ends: 6/30/27
Term Length: 4 Years
John Yundt, Recorder
Term Ends: 6/30/27
Term Length: 4 Years
Mark Zahradnik, Supervisor
Term Ends: 6/30/25
Term Length: 4 Years

Conservation Board

The Conservation Board consist of five county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are five years. One Supervisor acts as Liaison on the board. 

Dan Hill
Vinton
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 5 Years
Samantha Hunter
Mt. Auburn
Term Ends: 12/31/28
Term Length: 5 Years
Mike LaGrange, Chair
Vinton
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 5 Years
Randy Scheel
Garrison
Term Ends: 12/31/27
Term Length: 5 Years
Becky Van Wey
Vinton
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 5 Years
Tracy Seeman
Board of Supervisors Liaison

Development Commission

The Development Commission consists of five county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are one year. 

Jay Herman
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length:
Janelle Jack
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length:
Marlyn Jorgensen
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length:
Heather Rinderknecht
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length:
Greg Walston
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length:

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three years.

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Phil Borleske
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Russ Glime
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Allison Hicks
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Peggy Schott
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Robert Spangler
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Jim Wheeler
Term Ends: 12/31/27
Term Length: 3 Years
Wendy Winkie
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years

IRM Advisory Committee

IRM Committee consists of no more than ten members, of which five are private members and five are public members. These members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three years. 

John Frazier
Private
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Luke Hennings
Private
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Ann Jorgensen
Private
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Zach Parmater
Private
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Jeffrey Ralston
Private
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Jeff Schadle
Private
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Tracy Seeman
Board Liason
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Wayne Siela
Public
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Becky VanWey
Public
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years

Land Use Adjustment

The Land Use Adjustment Board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are 5 years. 

Tyneal Herger
Term Ends: 12/31/27
Term Length: 5 Years
Karen Peterson
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 5 Years
Dave Redlinger
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 5 Years
Steve Runyan
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 5 Years
Doug Stein
Term Ends: 12/31/23
Term Length: 5 Years

Medical Examiner

Medical Examiners are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are two years. 

David Eilander, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length:
Tyler Henkle, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Mindy Icenbice, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Elana Janss-Johnson, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Kimberly Koeler-Rayman, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Dr. Brian Meeker, Examiner
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Braxton Morrison, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Amanda Seiler, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years
Katie Stetzel, Investigator
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 2 Years

Pioneer Cemetery Commission

The Pioneer Cemetery Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three years. 

Isaac Harthoorn
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Ilene Kreider
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
John Krieder
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Kim Kuch
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years
Rose Rouse
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Brenda Sandburg
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Clint Sandburg
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Roy Schulze
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Wayne Shannon
Term Ends: 12/31/25
Term Length: 3 Years

Solid Waste Commission

The Solid Waste Commission consists of seven members; two at-large members, four rural members, and one Board of Supervisor. These members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are one year. Each city appoints a representative as well. 

Amy Boddicker
Rural
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years
Terry Hertle
Rural
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years
Nancy Jensen
At Large
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years
Jon Kaestner
Rural
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years
Mike Seeck
At Large
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years
Tracy Seeman
Supervisor
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years
Jennifer Zahradnik
Rural
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 1 Years

Veterans Affairs Commission

The Veterans Affairs Commission board consists of three board members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three years. 

Michael Silhanek, Chairman
Term Ends: 6/30/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Jeffory Holmes
Term Ends: 6/30/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Dale Henry
Term Ends: 6/30/25
Term Length: 3 Years

Zoning Commission

The Zoning Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Terms are three years. 

Connie Barnes
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Deb Christianson
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Mark Happel
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Elaine Harrington
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Nancy Jensen
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Dan Kaestner
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Larry Koster
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years
Mark Koutouc
Term Ends: 12/31/24
Term Length: 3 Years
Steve Thompson
Term Ends: 12/31/26
Term Length: 3 Years