Howard County Departments

Howard County Departments

County Assessor
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9201
563.547.9295 (fax)
County Assessor: Thomas Mullen
Deputy Assessor: Joseph Kelly
Office Manager: Lori Kerian
GIS Tech: Rock Tuchek

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

The Assessor's primary duty and responsibility is to assess all "real property" within the jurisdiction. Included in this would be four classes of property; residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural. Obtain application forms for credits of Disabled Citizens & Property Tax Relief, Homestead, Military, Forest and Fruit Tree, Family Farm and Cattle Facilities through this department.

County Attorney
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9202
563.547.9220 (fax)
County Attorney: Alex Koenigs
Office Manager: Becky Gooder

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

Iowa created the County Attorney as an elected position in 1846.
The primary responsibility of the County Attorney's office is criminal prosecution.
The prosecutor in ways is the heart of the Criminal Justice system. Except for Simple Misdemeanors, all charging decisions rest with the prosecutor.

No jury or court can convict a person of a serious crime without a prosecutor first determining that pursuing a criminal charge will serve the interest of justice. Therefore, the County Attorney's daily challenge is to deal appropriately with the people involved in the Criminal Justice System.


County Auditor
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9203
563.547.9229 (fax)
County Auditor: Julie Chapman
Deputy Auditor: Amy Retterath
Part-time Clerk: Mick Gamez
Part-time Elections ClerK: LaCinda Altman

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

The Auditor records proceedings of the Board of Supervisors, conducts all elections, and maintains voter registration files. The Auditor also has duties relating to platting, issues all warrants and payroll, prepares financial reports and collects levies from other governmental entities, and compiles data for the collection of taxes.

County Board of Supervisors
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9204
563.547.9229 (fax)
District 1 Supervisor: Mark Kubik
District 2 Supervisor: Donald Burnikel
District 3 Supervisor: Janet McGovern

The Supervisors meet once a week on Mondays at 9:00am in the Courthouse Boardroom. All meetings are open to the public and the Supervisors encourage residents to attend.
Each Supervisor is asked to sit on various Boards and represent Howard County in the decision-making of those Boards.
Terms of Supervisors are every four years.


Howard County Case Management
205 E 2nd Street, Public Services Building
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9205
563.547.9216 (fax)
Email: smorse@co.howard.ia.us
Director: Sue Morse
Case Manager: Ann Gallagher
Case Manager: Lynn Phillips
Administrative Assistant: Sue Ollendieck

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

Case Managers coordinate and monitor count-funded and Medicaid-funded services for persons with disabilities. For deaf/hard of hearing use 711.

Howard County Central Point of Coordination (CPC)
205 E 2nd Street, Public Services Building
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9207
563.547.9216 (fax)
Email: ccarroll@co.howard.ia.us
Administrator: Chalsea Carroll
Administrative Assistant: Sue Ollendieck

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

Howard County CPC develops and administers the Howard County Mental Health & Substance Abuse funds. This office serves as the primary access point for county residents requesting mental illness, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities services.

Howard County Conservation Board
11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.3634
563.547.5309 (fax)
641.985.2127 (Lake Hendricks)
Director: Harold Chapman
Park Ranger: Ryan Sindelar
Park Ranger: Jeff Korsmo
Park Ranger: Craig Fencl
Naturalist: Angela Bries

Current Conservation Board Members:
Dennis Christensen, Chairman
Cleon Seedorf, Vice-Chairman
Clint Farlinger
Don Burnikel
Diane Kueker

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:00pm

The goal of the Howard County Conservation Board is to encourage awareness and enjoyment of our Natural Resources by providing a better understanding of our environment. The HCCB provides the public with approximately 2000 acres, 35 county conservation managed areas, helping to conserve out natural resources, preserve scenic sites, and discover outdoor recreation opportunities in Howard County.

Emergency Management Agency
124 South Park Place
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9208
563.547.9244 (fax)
Director: Darrell Knecht

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

This agency acts as a liaison and counsels various emergency response agencies, government entities, and institutions. The Emergency Management Agency serves on the E-911 Board, coordinates state and federal assistance with the local communities. This agency also has to have knowledge of many local, state, and federal laws and is in charge of the Hazmat Incident Response Training.

County Engineer
114 7th Street West
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.2620
563.547.2576 (fax)
Email: nrissman@co.howard.ia.us
County Engineer: Nick Rissman, PE
Engineer Assistant: Jeffrey Freidhof
Road Foreman: Jeff Hrdlicka
Office Manager: Carrie Lopez
Field Assistant: Andrew Lensing

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

The County Engineer must be a licensed professional civil engineer, is under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, and is responsible for the Secondary Roads Department. The Secondary Roads Department is charged with performing efficiently and economically all construction and maintenance work on the secondary road system.
The Board of Supervisors establishes policy and the County Engineer executes this policy.


Environmental Health
205 E 2nd Street, Public Services Building
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9209
563.547.9290 (fax)
Email: sanitarian@co.howard.ia.us
County Sanitarian: LaCinda Altman

Office Hours:
Please make an appointment for following days/times
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:00pm

The County Sanitarian is responsible for public health issues within the county including permits for septic and well projects.


General Assistance
205 E 2nd Street, Public Services Building
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9207
563.547.9216 (fax)
Email: cwenthold@co.howard.ia.us
Administrator: Chalsea Carroll
Administrative Assistant: Kelsey Schumacher

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday  by appointment only

General Assistance processes applications for the County General Assistance Program for individuals meeting the 100 percent poverty guidelines.When meeting with individuals the General Assistance Administrator may refer individuals to other agencies.

Iowa Clerk of Courts
137 North Elm St
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9206

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

The Clerk of Court is housed at the Howard County Courthouse, but is a state department not county.
Please call the above number for more information.

Maintenance
137 North Elm St
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9203
563.547.9229 (fax)
Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Smith
Mark Grinhaug, parttime
Custodian: William Murphy

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

County Recorder
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9210
563.547.9252
Email: ccaffrey@co.howard.ia.us
County Recorder: Cherri L. Caffrey
Deputy Recorder: Roxann Vokaty
PT Clerk: Diane Gansen

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

This office records land documents, records and issues certified copies of birth, marriage, and death records, and issues marriage licenses.
The Recorder also registers and titles boats, snowmobiles and ATV's, issues hunting and fishing licenses, and processes passports applications.


County Sheriff
124 South Park Place
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.3535
563.547.5325 (fax)
Email: mminer@howardcoleo.com
County Sheriff: Morris (Mike) Miner
Chief Deputy: Steve Worple
Deputy: Ryan Vandewalker
Deputy: Tim Beckman
Deputy: Darwin Kueker
Deputy: Loel Reinhart
Deputy: Adam Hanson

Part-time
As needed: Lance Manson
Courtroom Security: Mark Grinhaug

Jail Administrator: Darwin Kueker

Civil Deputy: Jennifer Bauer

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

The County Sheriff's Department is responsible for enforcing federal,state, county, and municipal laws and ordinances. This department patrols almost 800 miles of roads and routinely patrols the streets of municipalities.
The Sheriff is responsible for criminal investigations in the county, maintains the 10 bed county jail, serves Civil Process papers and court orders, and attending involuntary Hospitalizations and Condemnation hearings.


County Treasurer
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9211
563.547.9217 (fax)
Email: wsteffen@co.howard.ia.us
County Treasurer: Warren J. Steffen
Deputy Treasurer: Norma Albertson
Motor Vehicle Clerk: Delores (Lori) Praska
Driver License Deputy: Christine Hron
Part-time Clerk:

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:30pm

The Treasurer's office is responsible for all transactions with motor vehicle registration and collection of Use Tax, preparing and mailing annual tax statements, property tax collections, and tax apportionment to all taxing bodies. The County Treasurer is also responsible for investment of county funds, balancing financial records, issuing drivers licenses, CDL testing, and issuing CDL licenses.

Veterans Affairs Commission
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.9212
563.547.9285
Email: dhosek@co.howard.ia.us
Executive Director: Deanne Hosek

Commission members:
Robert Moudry, Chair
Harold Munkel, Secretary
Richard Friedhof, Member
Thomas Smith, Member
David Sauceda, Member

Office Hours:
Monday - Wednesday   8:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday   8:00am - 12:00pm Noon
(Hours subject to change at any time due to Military duty.
Hours kept posted currently on office door and answering machine).

This office assists Veterans and their families with veteran affairs. This office also assists Veterans with obtaining benefits at county, state and federal level, and provides help in filing VA service-connected disability claims.

Waste Management
11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.3634
563.547.5309
Email: conservation@co.howard.ia.us
Waste Management: Craig Fencl

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:00pm

The Howard County Waste Managemnt Program is coordinated under the Howard County Conservation department.


Weed Commissioner
11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136
563.547.3634
563.547.5309
Email: conservation@co.howard.ia.us
Weed Commissioner: Harold Chapman

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00am - 4:00pm

The Howard County Weed Program consists of proper and timely eradication of weeds, lawfully designated as noxious, by all owners of land in Howard County.