If elected to the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors I would:
⇰ strive to be a fiscally prudent leader
⇰ promise to effectively communicate with all government entities
⇰ explore hiring a county administrator using the current table of organization; thus not expanding full-time employees
⇰ carefully and thoughtfully examine all jail programming to ensure compliance with evidence based practices for maximum efficiencies
⇰ promote vigorous economic development throughout the county and work with education and workforce development to train people to the needs of local employers
Gary Niles is the Chief Juvenile Court Officer for the Third Judicial District, a 16 county region in northwest Iowa. He has held that position for 15 years and before that served as a supervisor in the Woodbury County Juvenile Court Services Office. Gary oversees 24 Juvenile Court Officers, eight support staff, and 32 contracted employees who handle 2800 complaints each year and provide supervision for 400 medium and high risk youth.
A lifelong resident of Woodbury County, Gary attended Heelan High School and Morningside College earning a degree in Business Administration and Psychology. While at Heelan and Morningside Gary excelled in football and was the team captain at each school.
Married for 41 years to his high school sweetheart, DeDe, they have four grown children, all college graduates from Morningside and Briar Cliff. He and DeDe have 10 grandchildren and the 11th is expected in April.
Gary has had several very notable accomplishments during the 36 years he has worked for the Iowa Judicial Branch. He started the Woodbury County Drug Court in 1999 which has been recognized at a state level and been the subject of a book length research study because of its innovative structure and better than national average outcomes. Several hundred adults and juveniles have successfully graduated from this court. He also has secured several federal grants totaling millions of dollars for the area.
Gary chaired statewide committees that implemented the Iowa Delinquency Assessment Tool, the Iowa Report Builder, and the Iowa Detention Screening Tool which have helped reduce delinquency filings in Iowa by 35% since 2005. These tools and other evidence-based research practices he and his office have supported reduced placements at the Woodbury County Detention Center by 45% in 15 years. As a result, Woodbury County has been able to contract those available beds to neighboring communities, increasing the county’s revenue by $400,000 per year.
Gary also has been an active member of the Woodbury County Criminal and Juvenile Justice Counsel, the Court House Security Committee, and the Woodbury County Community Program Review Committee. He also has served on numerous boards including those for the Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, BOOST, Siouxland Cares, and many others.
As a private business owner, Gary has developed two properties in Woodbury County and has built over 100 residences in the tri-state region.
A practical leader, Gary is committed to cultivating a business and tax climate that enables all citizens to grow and prosper. He believes all of us want safe communities, economic and job stability, good transportation systems, and efficient and effective services to those in greatest need.
I would truly appreciate your support!
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