Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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April 25, 2014

Sullivan’s Salvos     4/29/14

In this edition:

*Do You Know These Folks?
*Congratulations Supervisor Etheredge!
*Supervisor Demographics
*Juvenile Record Sealing Day
*Did You Know?

*Do You Know These Folks?
Patrick Hughes, Joe Johnston, Carol Thompson, Dennis Ryan, David Osterberg, and Pat Cancilla. Each of these people is a remarkable individual. If you are a Democrat, you owe each a debt of gratitude.

These folks are the Johnson County Democratic Party Hall of Fame inductees for 2014. We hope you can join us in recognizing this remarkable group!

The Johnson County Democratic Party is holding its Annual Hall of Fame Awards on Saturday, May 17 at 7pm at the Coralville Marriott.

Please join us for coffee, desserts, and plenty of old war stories! A cash bar will be available. Parking is available for a small fee on either end of the building.

Tickets are available for a $25 suggested donation. People who cannot afford that amount should still feel welcome, but please call 354-7199 so we can get a count.

Sponsorships are available at the following levels: $100 includes two tickets; $250         includes 4 tickets; $500 includes 8 tickets.

Checks can be mailed to: Johnson County Democrats, PO Box 1773, Iowa City, IA 52244

If you have any questions, please contact Rod Sullivan at 354-7199 or

*Congratulations Supervisor Etheredge!
         A big congrats to Supervisor John Etheredge and his wife Debbie on the birth of their son, Evan on April 17. Evan was 20.5 inches long, 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and came into this world with a full head of hair. This is their first child, and it sounds as though the whole family is doing great.

         Congratulations, Etheredge family! I am so very happy for you!

*Supervisor Demographics
         The birth of young Evan Etheredge got me thinking about Supervisor demographics. Go to a statewide Supervisors meeting some time – you will not see many folks under 60. As a matter of fact, I recall seeing that the average age of a Supervisor in Iowa was over 65. I’ve looked for that statistic, and I cannot find it anywhere, so don’t take it to the bank. But we can agree – state wide, the job of Supervisor tends to be filled by older people.

         The routine in most counties is a farmer hands over the day-to-day operations to his son, then looks around, realizes he has some free time, and runs for Supervisor. That puts them in the 60ish range. Then they serve 3-4 terms.

         Johnson County has always elected younger Supervisors than our peer counties, but few extremely young people have won election. That is why a Supervisor becoming a first time father while in office is such a rare thing.

         I was 38 when I was elected; my youngest child was 6 at the time. Several Supervisors have had high school-aged children when they were elected; not many had kindergartners!

         Supervisor Neuzil was the youngest Supervisor in Iowa when he was elected at 30 in 2000. There have been a few 20-somethings elected since, including Ben Rodgers in Linn County and our own Supervisor Etheredge. But these cases are still the exception rather than the rule.

         And in some ways, that makes sense. It is hard to have a full resume and a wealth of experiences yet only be 30 years old. It is fair to question just how much wisdom a 30 year old can bring to any decision-making process. Obviously previous generations felt so strongly about this that they created minimum ages for the offices of US Senate and US President.

         On the other hand, I hate the fact that our elected officials so rarely reflect the people they represent. We need more women, minorities, and yes – young people – in elective office.

         Of course, the MOST underrepresented group has been and will always be the poor. I’d love to someday see a Board of Supervisors that consisted of four or more poor people. Don’t hold your breath!

*Juvenile Record Sealing Day
This has already taken place, but I thought you might be interested all the same.

Johnson County, Iowa - On Friday, April 25, the Johnson County Youth Development Policy Board will host the First Annual Juvenile Records Sealing Day at the Johnson County Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members of the community may be eligible to have their juvenile delinquency records sealed if they are 18 years of age or older, two years have passed since having court or informal supervision involvement, and the individual has had no other serious convictions. Records can only be sealed in the county where the charges originated; therefore only charges from Johnson County will be considered for sealing.

In addition to hosting the Sealing Day, the Juvenile Justice Youth Development Policy Board hopes to raise awareness of the public nature of juvenile delinquency records in Iowa. In the vast majority of states in the United States, juvenile delinquency court and law enforcement records for minor offenses are confidential and not public record. In Iowa, these records are public documents.

Increasingly potential employers, colleges, and landlords conduct background checks on applicants, and even a minor offense committed as a juvenile can remove an individual from consideration. Lynette Jacoby, Johnson County Social Services Coordinator, says that most people don’t understand the lack of confidentiality laws surrounding juvenile records.

“Many young adults who are eligible to have their records sealed don’t do so,” Jacoby said. “They may think their juvenile record is confidential or will not impact them in the future. They may not understand the sealing process and believe their record will automatically disappear.

“We want to see all young people lead successful and productive lives. It is unfortunate when minor offenses that occurred during the formative adolescent years have future negative implications for people. Sealing juvenile records is an important step for young adults’ futures. The Sealing Day on April 25 is an opportunity for eligible young adults to move swiftly to have their records sealed,” Jacoby explained.

Applications and procedural information for sealing of juvenile records can be obtained at To participate in Sealing Day on April 25, applicants must submit completed applications to the Johnson County Clerk of Court’s office, Juvenile Division, by Tuesday, April 22. Although walk-ins are welcome the day of the event, there is no guarantee that the sealing process will be completed on the same day. Individuals unable to attend the event may apply at any time; however, they will need to return for a scheduled court date.

For more information about the Juvenile Records Sealing Day visit or contract Lynette Jacoby, Johnson County Social Services Coordinator at, 319-356-6090.

*DID YOU KNOW?  Travis Nez, an 18-year-old senior at Phillips High School in Price County, WI, became the youngest elected County Supervisor in US history when he began his two-year term on the Price County Board on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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