Friday, December 28, 2018

Welcoming Immigrants

Welcome to Johnson County Jackie and Isaac!

We are an open and caring County. You join an area with rich history of welcoming immigrants and celebrating diversity.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Volunteers needed and you get paid!

Compensation Commission Vacancies

Johnson County, Iowa — The Johnson County Board of Supervisors announces 12 vacancies on the Johnson County Compensation Commission for one-year terms beginning immediately appointment and expiring Dec. 31, 2019.

Members of the Compensation Commission are selected by the chief judge of the judicial district to serve during condemnation proceedings in Johnson County. Commissioners are compensated $200 per hearing for which they are chosen and serve. Duties include assessment of damage to all property taken by an acquiring agency and located in the county. No member of the Compensation Commission selected shall possess any interest in the proceeding which would cause such person to render a biased decision.

For more information and to apply, please visit our county website at:

Adopt-A-Road Program

Johnson County has an adopt a road program. This program currently has eight groups participating. We are very grateful to those eight groups. With over 500 miles of road, there is plenty of room for more volunteers to help keep the roadways free of litter.

Here is some additional information from the County website:

>>The Adopt-A-Roadway Program allows groups or individuals to adopt a specific section of a County road. Through this adoption they may assume responsibility for any or all of the eligible items listed below. The available activities have the potential to:

Reduce litter along Johnson County's roadways

Enhance the environmental quality and beauty of our roadsides

Build broad-based community support for anti-litter and Iowa beautification programs>>

You can learn more here:

Monday, November 5, 2018

I would appreciate your vote!

I would appreciate one of your two votes for Johnson County Supervisor.

I care:

- about social justice and civil rights
- about people living in poverty, about the hungry, the lack of affordable housing and health and mental health care for all.
- about climate change, clean water and clean air.
- recreation, trails and conservation.
- good roads, bridges, buses and trains, but also alternative and newly emerging transportation options.

I believe:

- County Government has a role to play in making Johnson County more caring, more welcoming and more livable for all of us.
-goverment should be transparent and open.
- budgets should be responsible and balanced.

I will stand with and fight for:

- people being targeted and marginalized.
- civil and human rights.
- for the LGBTQ community.
- for immigrants.
- for human compassion.
- for people with disabilities.
- for people living in poverty.
- for safety from violence.
- for collective bargaining.
- for the environment.

I'm a proven, liberal, innovative, leader and I would greatly appreciate your vote.

Thank you Veterans

Johnson County Veterans Affairs put on another great event at Kinnick on Saturday honoring Veterans. Thanks to all the sponsors, County staff and volunteers that made it possible. Gary Boseneiler is a caring and innovative Veterans Affairs Director.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Congratulations to CWJ

Congratulations to the Center for Worker Justice on their new offices and community space on 1st Ave (behind the Ave Club). They had their open house today and started out strong with 3rd year law students volunteering to help immigrants with their legal needs.

It is an honor to work with CWJ on so many issues from raising minimum wage and Community ID to wage theft and supporting immigrants.

My favorite line from the musical Hamilton is, "immigrants, we get the job done." I think that could be written about the founders and members of CWJ. I am inspired by their determination and activism.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rettig endorsed by labor

I'm very thankful for the support of organized labor for my re-election. Collective bargaining helps secure safe workplaces, build the middle class and improve productivity.

I have been endorsed by eight labor bodies:

Iowa City Federation of Labor
AFSCME Council 61
Carpenter's Local 1260
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council
Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO
IBEW Local 405
Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council
Teamster's Local 238