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Joel D. Miller – a short biography

April 29, 2021

By Rick Smith

Joel D. Miller is the elected, long-serving 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, 2016 and 2020.

As county auditor, Miller has advocated for better oversight of county spending; objected to no-bid contracts; questioned managers who added to their salaries by taking cash instead of using vacation; opposed the practice by some department heads of maintaining special bank accounts outside the purview of the county treasurer; and called for a limit on the number of employees who take county-owned cars home after work.

Miller’s tenure in elected office has featured an independence and a willingness to challenge the status quo. He has not been a “dutiful wallflower,” The Gazette in Cedar Rapids said of Miller in endorsing him for reelection along the way. Gazette columnist Todd Dorman has written that Miller has taken a place among the “rattlers of government cages.” In other words, other elected officials have not always agreed with him — from those in county and state government all the way to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (CONTINUED)

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Joel D. Miller – a biography by Rick Smith

May 7, 2018

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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Change of command ceremony 

March 7, 2016

As my calendar indicated, I attended a change of command ceremony on Saturday, March 5th at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  My son, Major Jason J. Miller was appointed Commander of the United States Air Force Reserve’s 445th Force Support Squadron.

Jason is the third generation of my family to serve our country by serving in the United States military.  I served in the US Army.  My father, Iowa State Representative Kenneth D. Miller, served in the US Marines during World War II.

According to Jason’s commander less than 2% of Air Force officers become commanders.  It is truly an honor to be selected for command.

Jason is a full-time management employee of Direct Supply.

Congratulations Jason on your achievement and the many achievements of your teams!  -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor



How do we stop losing our young?

July 14, 2009

About three weeks ago, my wife and I moved our youngest son to Denver.   I posted the following on Twitter:  “Moved son to Denver.  Average age in Iowa just incrd. I’m 0 for 3 for kids in IA.   How do we stop losing our young?”

I received one reply on Twitter and several on Facebook.  Let me know which ones you agree with or disagree with and/or add your own opinion.

RT at 2:15pm June 27
Joel, I think limiting the role of government is a good start. We have 3 kids and we are not quite at that age yet, but the Business Climate and Public Policy in our community and State do have a direct relationship… imo. We need sustainability….

TH at 2:45pm June 27
The first step is to repeal Iowa’s so-called “Right-to-work” law. This will raise wages and benefits for all workers in every sector. Raising wages for workers is, imo, the single most important thing we can do to keep young folks in Iowa.

SS at 2:53pm June 27
Keep the Younger college degree kids in Iowa by giving assistance to college student loans for those that went to college in Iowa and want to stay and work in Iowa, and not move the jobs to lower wage places like India or China. How about making Iowan’s come first!

DG at 3:42pm June 27
Joel, The state of Iowa does nothing for anyone except farmers. You have to look at our senators and representatives that are all farmers. The only good thing the state has is the schools.

AW at 4:23pm June 27
Younger people feel as though they are not part of the decision making process on the state and local government level. They feel disinfranchised by the fact that their voices, ideas and methods are not listened to and applied by the powers that be.

As an example, since the flood, I have wanted to see our communities use the minds of the students from the three state universities to work along city, county and state government to assist in recovery and rebuilding efforts. Not only are we using the brainpower of some of the brightest minds in our state, these students will feel like they are a part of something and may want to settle here. Also this is a way of the governmental bodies to pick through whom their next civil servants and employees will be.
noyzsource @lcauditor You can’t stop losing them. You encourage them to see new things and sometimes they’ll see what they left behind and come back.  5:56 PM Jun 27th

CP at 6:27pm June 27
Being an Iowa native who has moved away within the last week I have some ideas as to why myself others are fleeing. First, many Iowans stay in the state to go to school, high out of state tuition in neighboring states give kids the opportunity to stay close. With the quality education that we receive here it gives us the opportunity start a profession almost anywhere we like. By the time we reach graduation we are ready to explore, taking our education with us. Second, I’ve heard Iowa defined as a place to retire, or “you’ll be back to raise your children”, never have I heard “its a great place to be really active” or “your going to have so much fun there” (I do love Iowa, and yes, there are opportunities for recreational activities) but not as many as other places. Who knows maybe when I realize really how great Iowa is, I’ll be back to raise my kids.

AM at 2:58pm June 28
I’m going to have to agree with Chris on this one. Luckily us Iowans are educated so well that it allows us to branch out and explore new opportunities throughout the world. Thanks for helping move me out though.

Abe Lincoln stopped by the other day

February 14, 2009

President Lincoln and the team

President Lincoln and the team

President Lincoln presenting me with a cake for Valentine's Day

President Lincoln presenting me with a cake for Valentine’s Day

Abe Lincoln stopped by the office on Friday, February 13th.  He was commissioned by my wife to deliver a speech (he recited it – I’ll post it later), a Valentine’s Day cake, and a card from my wife (which he read).

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