County Supervisor Shirley Vermace Graduates  

County Supervisor Shirley Vermace Graduates  

Statewide Continuing Education Program 

The first class of Certified Iowa County Supervisors were honored during a ceremony on August 25. 

Decorah, IA (August 29, 2022) – Shirley Vermace, District 3 County Supervisor has become a Certified Iowa County Supervisor. The Iowa State Association of County Supervisors (ISACS) honored its first class of Certified Iowa County Supervisors during a ceremony in Des Moines on August 25 that was held in conjunction with the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Annual Conference. 

Vermace is serving her first term (elected in 2020) as the District 3 Supervisor in Winneshiek County. She serves on on the Upper Explorerland board, the Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health Board, the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Board, and the board of Iowa RC & D.  

The Certified Iowa County Supervisor program was created and is administered by county supervisors for county supervisors to create a culture of Iowa county supervisor leadership development through a well-rounded continuing education program with the overall goal of bettering county government in Iowa through education. Certification requires a two-year commitment and a total of 30 total credit hours.  

“I am extremely proud of the commitment that was made by the graduates of this program. They have put in a lot of time, energy, and effort on behalf of their constituents to become better public servants through education,” said Tim Neil, ISACS President, Bremer County Supervisor, and Certified Iowa County Supervisor. “Certified Iowa County Supervisors are educated leaders!”  

“I value the shared information about county government from other supervisors across the state of Iowa, and the valuable educational seminars and classes offered by the Iowa State Associations of County Supervisors (ISACS) throughout the year,” Vermace said, “I plan to continue to learn from ISAC each and every year I serve the Winneshiek County community.”  

County supervisors in Iowa are elected to a four-year term by a vote of the public and serve as a member of a three or five-person board of supervisors. The board of supervisors is the governing body of county government. A county supervisor’s duty is to “protect and preserve the rights, privileges, and property of the county or of its residents, and to preserve and improve the peace, safety, health, welfare, comfort, and convenience of its residents.”  

More information about the program and a full listing of graduates can be found at 


New Deputy, Cole Tweten

New Deputy for the Winneshiek County

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently hired Deputy Cole Tweten and today he was sworn in. Cole comes to the sheriff’s office as an experienced, certified deputy. Cole grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from Decorah High School in 2018. Cole graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2020, with a degree in Police Science. In February 2020, he was hired by the Mower County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota as a jailer. Then in January 2021, he joined the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. In his free time Cole enjoys spending time boating with family and friends, working out, woodworking, and trying new food on the grill. All of us at the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office welcome Deputy Cole Tweten back to Winneshiek County!