Rod Sullivan to chair Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 2020

Rod Sullivan
Rod Sullivan

IOWA CITY — Johnson County’s longest serving county supervisor will chair the board in 2020.

Rod Sullivan was unanimously selected board chairman during an organizational meeting Thursday morning.

Sullivan, 53, was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004. This will be his third time wielding the gavel as board chair.

Sullivan, of Iowa City, grew up near Sutliff in northeast Johnson County. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1988 and worked six years with the Department of Human Services and five years as executive director of the Arc of Johnson County.

Among his accomplishments, he cites creation of the Community ID program, rural warning sirens, the Free Tax Help program and investments in sustainability, according to his page on the Johnson County website.

Sullivan, a Democrat, is in the final year of his fourth term on the five-member board. While he hasn’t formally decided, Sullivan said Thursday he is “pretty certain” he will seek re-election.

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