Amy Johnson

Supervisor for 6 Months

Supervisor Amy Johnson shares her experiences during her six-month appointment to the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

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Aug 17

8 days in the life of a county Supervisor

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 9:25 AM by Amy Johnson

In my last blog, I wrote about how varied the work of a Linn County Supervisor can be. From secondary roads to jail cells (and everything in between), our responsibilities are incredibly wide ranging. Each workday brings new opportunities and challenges.

I realize it’s one thing to say that, but quite another to live it. So I decided to chronicle many of the meetings and issues that have filled a recent eight-day stretch on the job. It gives you a very brief glimpse into the wide and wonderful world of being a county supervisor:

  • Monday – Meet with Veterans Affairs employees to discuss the urgent needs of Linn County Veterans.
  • Tuesday – Attend a meeting with a major local employer about a proposed economic development project.
  • Wednesday – The Homeless Coordinating Board reviews new statistics about the homeless population in Linn County.
  • Thursday – Visit with business owners and community leaders in Marion to discuss the county’s contribution to a new art alley.
  • Friday – Meet with the county attorney to discuss his department’s focus on prosecuting violent crimes.
  • Monday – The Regional Mental Health Board addresses ways to fund the growing mental health crisis in our state.
  • Tuesday – Help put the finishing touches on a public forum to solicit input about a possible county-wide minimum wage hike.
  • Wednesday – The supervisors decide to unanimously place a $40 million conservation bond referendum on the November ballot.


Toss in four board meetings, seven updates from department heads, two interviews with the media and consideration of 11 economic development grants, and it’s one fascinating job. I truly love it.

Now – if I can only get that annoying coffee machine in my office to work!