John Miller (D)
Board of Supervisor
Black Hawk County Courthouse
316 East 5th Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
County Office: 319-833-3074
John Miller, age 69, is a life long resident of Black Hawk County. He grew up in Orange Township and his grand children are the seventh generation to live on the family farm there. He graduated from Orange High School in 1961 and McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas in 1965.
Upon graduation from college, he taught general science in the Waterloo School System for 3 years, leaving in 1969 to enter full time farming on the family farm. In the early 80’s he opened a retail business in downtown Waterloo and in 1987 became the District Administrator to Congressman Dave Nagle overseeing the three Congressional offices in the District. He was helpful to the Congressman in securing support and funding for the Avenue of the Saints along with aiding many constituents in navigating the federal system.
In October of 1993 he was appointed by President Clinton to be the Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) Region VII in Kansas City, MO. His geographic areas included Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. His duties included administering disaster aid to people in his Region and also aiding state and local emergency managers in preparing for disasters and mitigating against future disasters. During his 6-year tenure at FEMA he directed the change in public policy regarding purchasing structures in the flood plain. From 1993 until 2000 FEMA Region VII purchased over 10,000 structures in the flood plain, which included a deed restriction that nothing could be rebuilt in the future, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars.
He was elected to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors in 2004. He sits on the Roads and Bridges Committee along with being the liaison to the Black Hawk County Conservation board and Planning and Zoning. He is a member of the Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross board and sits on the Executive Committee.
John and his wife, Karen, live at 4213 West Shaulis Road. Their daughter, Shanlee and her husband, Sean, along with their three grandchildren, Jackson, Parker and Anna, live on the family farm in Orange Township. Grandparenting consumes a good deal of their time and provides much enjoyment for them.