Floyd County Veterans Affairs Commissioners
County Veterans Affairs Commissioners are appointed honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the United States. Every county in Iowa has a Veterans Affairs office, and a board of commissioners. This team helps veterans and/or their dependents secure county, state, and federal veteran’s benefits under the law. As a commission we provide direct, and indirect financial assistance. Objectives are focused on policies regulating the Floyd County Veterans Affairs Office, and assisting the Director with duties. Our board meets once a month at the Floyd County Veterans Affairs Office located at the courthouse. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are posted within the courthouse, and on the Floyd County website prior to these meetings taking place.
The five-member commission serves in accordance with the Iowa Code Chapter 35B by providing guidance, and oversight of the operations of the County Veterans Affairs Department. Applicants must be a veteran as defined by the Iowa Code Chapter 35.1. The county must also comply with good faith efforts to appoint a female to this Commission in accordance with gender balance laws per Iowa Code Chapter 69.16A. Commissioners on this board, meet once a month minimum.
A Floyd County Boards/Commissions Application is required to be filled out, and can be obtained at the office of the Floyd County Auditor, or Floyd County Veterans Affairs Director. It can also be found at: http://www.floydcoia.org/255/Board-of-Supervisors
Please submit applications to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors, 101 S. Main St, Ste. 302, Charles City, Iowa 50616.
William Vetter (Chair) is a retired Marine Sgt.Maj. serving from 1980 to 2006 with two combat tours. Vetter is originally from Charles City. After retirement from the Marine Corps, he returned to Charles City, and served as a Police Officer with the Charles City Police Department from 2006 to 2017. He currently works at the MITAS Tires North America as the Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager.
Vetter’s dad and brother also served in the Marines, as well as his son Garrett, who is currently a Captain in the Marine Corps as an Artillery Officer. William is married to Tami Vetter; the owner of The Rustic Corner in Charles City.
Timothy Speas (Vice Chair & Personnel Committee) -I was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, and graduated in 1965. I went one year of Jr. college in Marshalltown, IA. In the summer of 1966, I received a notice from the draft board that I was number one in the draft. I decided to join the Air Force. I left for basic training in the fall for Lackland, AFB, then went to Shepard, AFB, Texas for training as an Air Freight Specialist (a fancy name for staking boxes on a metal pallet, and putting a net on it). I was sent to McCord, AFB in Tacoma, Washington for about a year. I received orders for Vietnam soon after that! I was to go to an Air Base at Kontum City, Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh trail. This was one of the supply routes into Viet Nam. They had too many of my outfits there, so they sent me to the Danang Air Base, (nicknamed rocket city). I soon found out what that meant. We were shelled quite often. The 1968 Tet offense started off with a bang. The big air base at Danang was threatened that we could be over run! They issued us M-16 rifles, and were told that if they got past the Marines, we would be the last hope. The Marines held them off thank goodness! After my year in Viet Nam, I received my orders for to the Naha AFB, Okinawa, Japan. I spent the rest of my year, and a half duty station there. I had monthly temporary duty in Korea, and Japan air bases. In 1970 got out of service, and went back to Marshalltown. I started working for Fareway Food Stores. I have lived in several towns in Iowa. To include: Lemars, Spencer, Ames, Indianola, Oelwein, and Jefferson, before moving to Charles City in 1993. I manage the Charles City Fareway store here until I retired in 2013.
Robert Mondt (Secretary & Policy Committee) is an Army veteran that served in Viet Nam with the 65th Combat Engineers. He used his veteran’s education benefits to attend Wartburg College. Robert is married and has three children, and three grandchildren. He retired in 2008 after working thirty-four years as a middle school teacher and principal.
Maureen Ruane (Personnel Committee) is a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served onboard the USS Canopus (AS-34) active duty, and later served as a reservist at NAS, South Weymouth, MA. Her father was a retired Army Air Force veteran, and her Stepfather served in the U.S. Navy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management/Project Management from Kaplan University in 2012. She has one son, Sonny Diesburg. She resides in Colwell, Iowa.
April Banks (Policy Committee) - More Information Coming Soon
If you would like to speak to a Floyd County Commissioner, please call (641) 228 -1850 to request a call back from one of them. Thank you.
Gender balance on state-level boards and commissions has been required since 1987. During the Iowa General Assembly's 2009 session, the legislature extended this expectation to county and city boards and commissions, effective January 1, 2012 (House File 243, 2009 Acts, Chapter 162, sec. 2). The legislation amended Iowa Code section 69.16A, entitled "Gender balance," and added subsection 2. The statute reads:
"1. All appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils of the state established by the Code, if not otherwise provided by law, shall be gender balanced. No person shall be appointed or reappointed to any board, commission, committee, or council established by the Code if that appointment or reappointment would cause the number of members of the board, commission, committee, or council of one gender to be greater than one-half the membership of the board, commission, committee, or council plus one if the board, commission, committee, or council is composed of an odd number of members. If the board, commission, committee, or council is composed of an even number of members, not more than one-half of the membership shall be of one gender. If there are multiple appointing authorities for a board, commission, committee, or council, they shall consult each other to avoid a violation of this section.
2. All appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils of a political subdivision of the state that are established by the Code, if not otherwise provided by law, shall be gender balanced as provided by subsection 1 unless the political subdivision has made a good faith effort to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy on a board, commission, committee, or council in compliance with subsection 1 for a period of three months but has been unable to make a compliant appointment. In complying with the requirements of this subsection, political subdivisions shall utilize a fair and unbiased method of selecting the best qualified applicants. This subsection shall not prohibit an individual whose term expires prior to January 1, 2012, from being reappointed even though the reappointment continues an inequity in gender balance."
Notice that the bill allows an exemption if a "good faith effort" has been made for three months to fill a position properly. In order to defend any non-compliant appointments, it is recommended that cities document their failed efforts to recruit a qualified candidate of the desired gender. Furthermore, cities and counties are instructed to "utilize a fair and unbiased method of selecting the best qualified applicants." This means that being appointed to a library board no longer depends upon "who you know" or a particular citizen's relationship with the mayor. Instead, a standard protocol, application, or process should be used to determine qualifications. Such a process need not be complicated; in fact, the more transparent and simple it is, the better for recruitment. Utilize local clubs and organizations to get out the word about the skill set you require; parent-teacher associations, labor unions, community colleges, veterans' posts, churches, neighborhood groups, professional networks and social clubs are all comprised of volunteers active within their communities. Advertise.
In most Iowa cities, public library trustees are appointed by the mayors and approved by the city councils. Therefore, it is the legal responsibility of the mayor and the city council (and county boards of supervisors, if they appoint rural board members) to ensure that library boards are gender balanced. The library director and trustees can suggest names of potentially good candidates for the board, but the mayor and city council (and in some cities, the county board of supervisors) make the actual appointments.