Extension Council

The elected Extension Council is the grass roots governing body for the Cooperative Extension System. As part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Cerro Gordo County council works in partnership with local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry the land-grant mission beyond the campus in Ames. The Cerro Gordo County Extension Council are elected by the voters of Cerro Gordo County and serve four year terms.

The duties of a council member include hiring county staff, managing the county extension budget and helping select programming.

What is the role of a County Extension Council Member?

  • They represent their county – they bring an understanding of local issues to important decisions about educational opportunities.
  • They bring significant programs to their county and region that help people solve critical issues affecting their lives.
  • They represent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and act on our behalf locally.
  • They have the responsibility to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.
  • They provide mentoring and leadership for county paid staff.
  • They agree to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, including regularly attending council meeting.

Cerro Gordo County Extension Council Meetings are held the last Monday of each month and open to the public. Cerro Gordo County residents are invited to attend and allowed to make comments at the start of the meeting.