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May 2018

Linn County Breaks Ground for Harris Building

More than 100 people joined Linn County officials and Harris family members on May 18 at the groundbreaking ceremony for Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building.

Upon completion, which is expected in late 2019, the Harris Building will house Linn County Public Health and Linn County Child & Youth Development Services. The approximately 55,000 square foot building will be built on County-owned land at 1020 6th Street SE in Cedar Rapids near the NewBo and Oakhill Jackson neighborhoods.
In a unanimous decision, the Linn County Board of Supervisors voted to posthumously honor Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris by naming the future Linn County Public Health and Child & Youth Development Services building after them in recognition of their lifetime of dedication and service to health and education in Linn County.
Visit our website for more information about the building and to see photos from the event.

Groundbreaking of the Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building

Supervisor John Harris to Deliver State of the County Address on May 30

Linn County Supervisor Chair John Harris will present Linn County’s accomplishments and future priorities during Linn County’s 13th annual State of the County address on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW in Cedar Rapids.

The State of the County Luncheon is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Linn County. Individual reservations for lunch are $35 per person and full tables of 10 are $350. Please contact Libby Gotschall Slappey at [email protected] or visit for more information or to reserve a table. The reservation deadline is Friday, May 25. Sponsorships still are being accepted.

The event is open to the public and free seating is provided for individuals who want to attend only for the program.

Funds raised by the State of the County event are used to support League sponsorship and facilitation of non-partisan voter-education materials and forums. 

2018 State of the County Address
FY17 PAFR and CAFR Awards

Linn County Receives Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Linn County was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

The awards were given by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. This is the 29th consecutive year Linn County has received this recognition for the CAFR and the 20th consecutive year the County has received this recognition for the PAFR. 

More information about these awards is available on our website. 

June 5 is Primary Election Day

June 5 is Primary Election Day

Primary elections will be held June 5, 2018 for the Democrat, Libertarian and Republican parties. In the state of Iowa, Primary elections are considered a semi-closed primary. This means eligible voters may vote in a party's primary only if they’re registered as members of the party. However, voters are able to change their party affiliation when they vote absentee or on Election Day. 

Poll locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Voters will be asked for ID under the Voter ID Law. For more information on this election and to find your polling location, visit our Election Services webpage.

Mount Mercy Magazine Cover

Linn County Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services Director Featured in Local Magazine

Dawn Schott, Director of Linn County Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services was featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Mount Mercy University’s magazine.

Read the full article.

Economic Development Funds Application

Linn County Now Accepting Applications for Economic Development Funds

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications from organizations seeking economic development funding from Linn County. The economic development fund is used to enhance the quality of life throughout Linn County by fostering and supporting economic growth.

This is a competitive grant process open to organizations located in Linn County or that have a branch location in Linn County. This year $140,000 is available. Grant funds must be used for projects or programs that benefit Linn County residents. Preferred applications will be for projects/programs that accomplish the following:

  • Promote economic growth for Linn County
  • Demonstrate return on investment dollars
  • Do not duplicate current economic development initiatives
  • Demonstrate a sustainability plan for project continuation beyond Linn County funding

The application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. Application information can be found on Linn County’s website

Linn County Adopts Inclusive Hiring Resolution

Linn County Board of Supervisors Adopts Inclusive Hiring Resolution

The Linn County Board of Supervisors adopted an inclusive hiring practices resolution for Linn County positions. The resolution demonstrates Linn County’s commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with a prior criminal conviction by:
  • Eliminating the requirement to disclose past criminal history on the County’s initial employment application, except for positions that require a full background check due to the nature of the work (requirements of the funding source, working with vulnerable populations, performing safety-sensitive duties, and working in secured facilities or law enforcement positions).
  • Requiring that a job applicant be selected for an interview before being asked about a criminal record, or before performing a background check on that applicant, except for positions that require a full background check due to the nature of the work.
  • Providing for individual consideration of criminal history circumstances where applicable.
  • Encouraging the selection of applicants based on job skills and qualifications, without consideration of past convictions, whenever possible.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is committed to both public safety and economic opportunity, and hopes by removing these barriers that all qualified individuals have an opportunity to compete equally for Linn County employment.

Watch the video of the discussion from the Board of Supervisors' meeting.

Center Point Depot

Center Point Depot Makes National Register of Historic Places

On May 20, the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission and the Center Point Historical Society celebrated the Center Point Depot being added to the National Register of Historic Places, which became official on March 7, 2018.
About the Center Point Depot

  • The depot was built in 1914 and provided a true metropolitan interurban connection between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.
  • The depot is one of three original WCF&N (Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern) depots, outside of Waterloo, that remain in good integrity.
  • In 1956, the last interurban run was made through Center Point.
  • The depot currently functions as a historical museum operated by the Center Point Historical Society and as a rest stop for Cedar Valley Nature Trail users.
  • The trail and the building are owned by Linn County and maintained by the Linn County Conservation Board.

Linn County Offices Closed Memorial Day

Linn County Offices Closed May 28 for Memorial Day

Linn County governmental offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses. This includes the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Vehicle registrations can be renewed online at any time at

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