Whitney Hein (R), Jones County Auditor

     Personal history: I grew up on a farm in rural Fairfield, Iowa, and graduated from Fairfield High School. I went on to get my Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. I currently work for TriOak Foods as a fieldman in Delaware County, where I oversee the management of 50,000 hog spaces. I work with growers on all aspects of their hog business from logistics to health to feed and marketing. Previously, I have worked as a district manager in feed sales and as a crop insurance agent. I also currently serve on the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church Council and have been active with the Monticello 4-H Clover Kids.

     Family: My husband, Ben Hein, and 10-month-old daughter, Lainey, and I live in rural Monticello on the family farm. Ben farms as well as volunteers on the Monticello Ambulance Service and Monticello Fire Department.

     1. Why are you seeking the office of County Auditor? I am seeking the office of county auditor because I want to use my skill set to serve the people of Jones County. I have always been very passionate about being active in the community and working with others to make the place that we live the best it can be.

     2. What skills/background/experience do you bring to the role of County Auditor? My degree in Agricultural Business prepared me for a variety of roles. Not only do I have a business degree, but I also have hands-on experience in managing farm finances, multi-tasking, paying close attention to detail and communicating effectively. I believe that it is very important to not only have the skill set to work to manage the county budget but to also work well with others.

     3. What do you think are the core responsibilities of the County Auditor/Commissioner of Elections? The core responsibilities of the County Auditor are to keep a transparent, balanced budget and to run fair elections with accurate and timely results.

     4. What have you heard from voters regarding their concerns facing the county? How would you address those concerns? The main concern that I have heard from voters is wanting to make sure that election results are accurate and timely. I am very detail oriented and organized. I plan to use these skills to make sure that, as my role of auditor, we follow all county, state, and federal voting laws.

     5. What would be your priorities when working with the county supervisors in preparing the county budget? When working with the county supervisors, my main goal would be to provide them with accurate information and numbers in regards to the budgets. I would also work to have excellent communication with the board so that the budget is completely transparent to them.


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