Linda Murken

 
Board of Supervisors
Title: Chair
Phone: (515) 382-7202
Linda Murken


Linda is grateful for the opportunities she has been given by the schools, agencies and people of Story County.  In return, she has served her community in many capacities.  She looks forward to continuing to serve Story County in her role as Supervisor. Her goal is to help local government work for the people it serves, by working with residents and other government officials and employees to create opportunities for all.

Linda was born and raised in Story County.  When she was ten, her parents, who had rented a farm until then, bought an 80-acre farm in Franklin Township, just west of Gilbert.  She and her husband Jim Noland returned to the farm over two decades ago and were able to help her mother stay living there for many of those years.  They have two children and six grandchildren.

Linda graduated from Gilbert High School and Iowa State University.  Volunteer work with YSS led her to a career in adult community corrections, first as a Probation and Parole Officer, and eventually as Director of the Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.  She managed a $16 million budget and oversaw personnel administration for 160 employees.  The Iowa Corrections Association recognized her with the Outstanding Woman in Corrections and Outstanding Leadership Awards.

Her service in corrections helped her understanding that not providing treatment to individuals suffering from mental illness often leads to loss of stabilizing factors such as employment, housing and family support. NAMI recognized her work in establishing the Story County Mental Health and Criminal Justice Task Force, which developed our Jail Diversion Program, with their “Stick out Your Neck” Award.”  She also volunteered with ACCESS and served on their board.  The knowledge she received regarding the dynamics of domestic violence helped her in developing Batterers’ Education Programs in the Second Judicial District.

After retiring in 2010, Linda served her community as the founding President of the Gilbert/Franklin Township Fire and Emergency Rescue Agency, and as President of the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County.  She is the League’s 2016 recipient of the Carrie Chapman Catt Award.

Prior to being elected as a Supervisor in 2018, Linda served as a Story County Planning and Zoning Commissioner. She also worked for several years as a precinct election official.

As a Supervisor, Linda represents Story County on the following boards: Central Iowa Community Services, Story County Decategorization, Squaw Creek Watershed Authority, South Skunk Watershed Authority, Story County Assessor Mini-Board, Boone/Story County Early Childhood (BooSt), Prairie Rivers of Iowa, and the employee Safety and Wellness committees.

She is the alternate to E-911 Board, Four Mile Creek Watershed Authority, Heart of Iowa Regional Transit, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Story County Conservation, Story County Board of Health and Ames Economic Development Corporation.

 

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