Joel D. Miller – a biography by Rick Smith


Joel D. Miller is the elected county auditor in Linn County, Iowa’s second-largest county and home to the state’s second-largest city, Cedar Rapids.

Miller has occupied the post since early 2007 when he won a special election to fill a vacancy. He was easily reelected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Now, in 2018, he is running for one of three seats on the Linn County Board of Supervisors, whose policies he has not been bashful about questioning and challenging from time to time.

A most recent case in point: Miller said the board erred when it handpicked a contractor to build the county’s new $28.7-million public health building. The board should have taken sealed, competitive bids, Miller said.

In his election run for supervisor, Miller has changed his party affiliation from Democrat to no-party to make the point that county elections in Iowa, like city elections, should be non-partisan.

Miller’s first foray into elective office came in 2001 when he was elected to the non-partisan Robins City Council. He was reelected in 2003 and was elected as Robins’ part-time mayor in 2005. This meant that he held two elected offices, county auditor and Robins mayor, for 10 months in 2007. 

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