The Board of Supervisors serves as the county’s top governing body. The board’s five members are elected from Supervisor Districts that are proportionate to the county’s population. Each district is redrawn following the completion of the decennial census. Each member serves a four-year term. Click here for more information on the Townships of Pocahontas County.
Among the duties performed by the Board of Supervisors:
- Approves bonds of county officials.
- Approves reports of county officials.
- Establishes and vacates public highways.
- Levies taxes to raise revenues for county purposes.
- Allows claims against the county and orders same paid.
- Fills vacancies in county offices, except members of its own body.
- Constitutes a drainage board of the various districts of the county.
- Allows or disallows homestead credit claims and military exemptions.
- Approves cigarette, beer and liquor applications for permits outside cities.
- Refunds taxes on property erroneously assessed.
Jack DeWolf represents District 1, which includes all of Cummins, Powhatan, and Des Moines Townships, portions of Sherman, Roosevelt, and Garfield Townships and the communities of Havelock, Plover, and Rolfe. He is the 2011 Vice-Chairman. DeWolf, a farmer from rural Rolfe, has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2000. His current term expires in 2012.
Vincent L. Triggs represents District 2, which includes all of Swan Lake Township, portions of Marshall and Sherman Townships and the community of Laurens. Triggs, a retired businessman from Laurens, has served on the Board of Supervisors since 1990. His current term expires in 2014.
Ed Dewey represents Disctric 3, which includes Center Township and the community of Pocahontas. Dewey, who is employed by Martin Marietta Materials in Gilmore City, has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2008. His current term expires in 2012.
Paul R. Beneke represents District 4, which includes all of Bellville, Lincoln, Lake, and Lizard Townships, portions of Roosevelt and Garfield Townships, and the communities of Palmer and Gilmore City. He is the 2011 Chairman. Beneke, a farmer from rural Palmer, has served on the Board of Supervisors since 1994. His current term expires in 2014.
Louis Stauter represents District 5, which includes all of Cedar, Dover, Grant, and Colfax Townships, portions of Marshall and Sherman Townships, and the communities of Fonda and Varina. Stauter, a farmer from rural Fonda, has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2008. His current term expires in 2012.
Photo caption: The Pocahontas County Board of Supervisors (l-r): Ed Dewey – District 3, Louis Stauter
District 5, Vincent L. Triggs – District 2, Paul R. Beneke – District 4, and Jack DeWolf – District 1.