Contact District 3 Supervisor Ben Rogers
Phone: (319) 892-5000
Ben Rogers was elected to his first term on the Linn County Board of Supervisors in November 2008. Ben represents District 3.
In his role as Supervisor, Ben serves on the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency Board, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Investor Board, the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization Board and the E 9-1-1 Service Board.
Ben is active in the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) as a member of the Supervisors Affiliate Executive Committee and serves on the Technology Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Ben serves on the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Carl & Mary Koehler History Center. Ben is an active volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was a seven-year volunteer fire fighter with the Mount Vernon Fire Department from 2003-2010. In 2008, Ben was named as one of the Corridor Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” and is a graduate of the Leadership for Five Seasons class. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Chet Culver to the Generation Iowa Commission to help Iowa attract and retain the now and next generation.
Prior to his election to the Linn County Board of Supervisors, Ben worked as a Product Manager for the AdTrack Corporation, where he helped develop a web-based political software system called ‘SmartVote’. Ben also served as a Youth Care Worker at Four Oaks and has worked on numerous local, statewide and national political campaigns.
Ben is a native of Cedar Rapids but spent four years living in New Zealand with his family as a child. Ben graduated from the University of Iowa earning his Bachelor of Arts degree.
Duties of the Board of Supervisors
The five-member board is both the executive and legislative branch of county government responsible for setting policy, overseeing departments and controlling the budget.
The Board of Supervisors oversees the county’s $119 million budget and over 800 employees. Managers of the following county departments report directly to Ben and the other board members: Administrative Services, Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, CSRU, Engineer, LIFTS, Soil Conservation, Medical Examiner, the weed commissioner and historic preservation.
The Board of Supervisors appoints members to the Board of Adjustment, Board of Health, Building Board of Appeals, Conservation Board, Electrical Board of Appeals, General Assistance Board, Linn County Community Services Advisory Board, Linn County Veterans Commission Board, Mechanical Board of Appeals, Plumbing Board of Appeals, Services for People with Disabilities Board, Youth Services Advisory Board and Zoning Commission.
To better serve the people of Linn County, the individual members of the Board of Supervisors serve as liaison to specific city councils within their districts, organizations and Linn County departments. For a complete list of all committee and liaison assignments for the Board of Supervisors, click here.