Board of Supervisors, Jefferson County, Iowa

About the Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors is the executive and administrative branch of county government. The supervisors make policy for the county, administer the various county programs, have final authority over the county budget, and represent the county at the state level.

Southeast side of the courthouse

The three Jefferson County Supervisors are elected to four-year terms by both rural and city voters. They share an office on the first floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Click on a supervisor's name to learn more.

Dee Sandquist, Republican Party, term expires 2020

Richard C. Reed, Republican Party, term expires 2018

Lee Dimmitt, Republican Party, term expires 2020

The supervisors meet every Monday at 9:00am in the first-floor meeting room at the courthouse. The public is invited to attend, but should submit agenda items in advance to the Auditor's office by noon Thursday. See the Agenda/Minutes webpage.

Minutes of the Board meetings are available for public viewing in the County Auditor's office in the Courthouse, are on the Agenda/Minutes webpage, and are published weekly in the official county newspapers.

Statue of Liberty in front of Jefferson County Courthouse
Call 641-472-2851 to contact the Board of Supervisors Office.

Richard C. Reed, Chairman - Home: 641-472-6555, Cell: 641-919-8262, email:

Dee Sandquist, Vice-Chairman - Cell: 641-451-1293, email:

Lee Dimmitt, Supervisor - Cell: 641-919-9547, email:

Items for Monday's agenda must be scheduled with the supervisors no later than Thursday at noon. Other board meetings will be scheduled as necessary.

The County Supervisors main responsibility is setting a county budget to meet the needs of the rural population in the township areas and the human service needs of the entire county. The budget process begins in the late fall and is certified to the State of Iowa by the following March 15th. The county operates on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30.

The Jefferson County Supervisors serve on about 42 boards who have influence on the operations of the Jefferson County government.

Courthouse with super moon

Functions of the Board of Supervisors:

  • Three members are elected who serve staggered four-year terms.
  • Elections are held every two years.
  • Legislative body of county government.
  • The Board elects one member annually to chair its activities.
  • Responsible for overseeing the county budget.
  • Make county policies. (Go to Jefferson County Code of Ordinances)
  • Set county tax levy.
  • Approve bonds and reports.
  • Supervisors serve on a number of Boards and Commissions that affect all aspects of the county.
  • Promotes and facilitates various cooperative efforts between and among other government entities and jurisdictions.

Other Elected Officials:

County Attorney,  go to their webpage
County Auditor,    go to their webpage
County Sheriff,     go to their webpage
County Recorder,  go to their webpage
County Treasurer, go to their webpage



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National Association of Counties website -

Links to Iowa Resources (from The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) -

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