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Ben Rogers was first elected to the Linn County Board of Supervisors in November 2008 at the age of 28. He was re-elected in 2012, 2016 and 2018 to represent District 2, which includes the Northeast side of Cedar Rapids, the cities of Hiawatha, Robins and Monroe Townships.
In his role as Supervisor, Ben has become actively involved in and passionate about issues related to mental health and disabilities, and he currently serves on the East Central Region Mental Health/Disability Services board. Ben also serves on the boards for Linn County Early Childhood Iowa, Decategorization, 6th Judicial Corrections, Area Substance Abuse Council, Eastern Iowa Council of Governments and the Linn County Continuum of Care. Ben is involved with many other community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Arc of East Central Iowa for six years, which provides services and support to individuals and families with disabilities. Ben was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Mount Vernon Fire Department from 2003-2010. In 2008, Ben was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” and participated in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership for Five Seasons program. In 2010, Governor Chet Culver appointed Ben to the Generation Iowa Commission to help Iowa attract and retain the now and next generation. In 2012, Ben was selected to participate in the National Association of Counties “County Leadership Institute”. In 2017, Ben was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to the Iowa Council on Homelessness to help address issues related to homelessness in Iowa and was named one of Linn County’s National Alliance on Mental Illnesses “Heroes in the Fight” for his work on issues related to mental health.
Ben was the driving force behind the creation and funding for the Linn County Mental Health Access Center, which will provide services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use challenges. When it opens in early 2021, Linn County's Mental Health Access Center will be the only detox directly connected to a substance use disorder provider in Linn County.