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.
Budget Process Power
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.
Supervisor Board/Commission Memberships
Turkey River Watershed Infrastructure
Northeast Iowa Community Action - Joe Pisney
Northeast Iowa Behavioral Mental Health - Pat Murray
1st Judicial Dpt of Corrections Pat Murray. Joe Pisney, Alternate
North Iowa Juvenile Detention - Pat Murray. Joe Pisney, Alternate
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning . Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Regional Transportation Policy Board - Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Emergency Management - Joe Pisney
HAWC Empowerment - Joe Pisney
RC&D - Pat Murray
Regional Transportation Advisory - Joe Pisney. Alternate.
Northeast Iowa - 3 A - Pat Murray
Howard County Board of Trustees Liaison - Pat Murray
Empowerment Executive Board/ Empowerment Team - Joe Pisney
Hazmat Board -
CIDC Board - Pat Murray, Liaison
Upper Explorerland Executive Board - Pat Murray
Revolving Loan Fund-Upper Explorerland - Pat Murray
Wapsi Trail Board - Pat Murray and Joe Pisney, Alternates.
North East Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Board - Joe Pisney
Housing Inc. - Joe Pisney
Howard County Economic Development - Pat Murray
County Housing Trust Fund - Joe Pisney
Regional Housing Authority Board - Joe Pisney
Turkey River Watershed Authority - Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Upper Iowa Watershed - Joe Pisney, Pat Murray, Alternate.
Turkey River Authority Board - Joe Pisney, Alternate.
Wapsi River Watershed Authority - Pat Murray, Alternate.
County Social Services - Pat Murray. Alternate.
Howard County Board of Health - Pat Murray
Region 1 Iowa Workforce Investment Board Elkader
The duties of the Board of Supervisors can be found throughout chapter 331 in the Code of Iowa. Regular sessions of the Board of Supervisors are held at 9:00 am on Monday mornings at the Howard County Courthouse in Cresco.