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Johnson County supervisors get new aide

BY SHANE ERSLAND | APRIL 02, 2009 7:42 AM

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a formal vote today to appoint Andy Johnson as the board’s new executive assistant.

Johnson, 48, is at present the executive director of the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, where he has worked since June 2004.

The executive assistant is responsible for a variety of tasks, including setting up the supervisors’ meetings, coordinating their activities, and putting together their meeting agendas.

Johnson applied for the position after seeing the opening on the Johnson County website, saying it looked appealing because it would allow him to help Johnson County.

“It looked like a job that involved working with different people, being detail-oriented, and having ongoing projects,” he said.

He is the key coordinator at the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, a nonprofit organization that seeks and distributes funds for affordable housing. After the June 2008 flood, the housing fund set aside nearly $13,000 to help displaced low-income renters pay their security and utility deposits as they relocated.

Johnson said he has worked with the supervisors and other elected officials frequently at his current job, and that experience will make his transition easier.

He is looking forward to starting the position and learning what it entails, he said.

“I hope to bring a professional attitude and the ability to effectively work with the board to enable them to carry out their functions in the best possible way,” Johnson said.

He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program, the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, and the Local Homeless Coordinating Board.

He resides in Iowa City with wife Kathy Gerking and son, Aaron, who is a sophomore at City High.

His daughter Anna is a sophomore at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Johnson received an undergraduate degree at Dana College in Blair, Neb., and went on to get a law degree from the UI.

Supervisor Rod Sullivan said Johnson was selected from an applicant pool of more than 100 people.
Johnson won’t officially start his new position until May 1. He said he needs to finish business at his current job before taking on the new position.

“We’d welcome him to start tomorrow if we could,” Sullivan said.


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