West Des Moines, IA Former lobbyist for the Iowa State Association of County Supervisor, Mike Wentzien, was honored with Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Golden Eagle at its 2013 Fall School of Instruction on November 13 in Des Moines. The prestigious Golden Eagle was presented to Wentzien during the ISAC General Session.
The Golden Eagle is given to commend extraordinary public service to ISAC and county government. The honor was created to recognize elected or appointed county officials, business or civic leaders, persons rendering assistance to counties as trainers, consultants or advisors, and former members of ISAC staff also are eligible. The ISAC Board of Directors selected Mike as the Golden Eagle, an honor that has been given annually since 2010 on the basis of service rendered to county government generally, including leadership in ISAC, ISAC-affiliated boards, service on state or nation boards or commissions, service to the National Association of Counties (NACo), service to counties in training, education and development of local leadership, advocating for counties and good local government, and providing exceptional professional assistance and support to counties.
Prior to serving as the supervisors lobbyist for 14 years on Capitol Hill, Mike lived in Gladbrook, Iowa in Tama County. For many years he operated a hardware store in Gladbrook during which time he served on the city council, as mayor, and as co-chair of Gladbrook's centennial celebration. He also served for several years on the Tama County Board of Supervisors. Mike and his wife of 46 years, Sara, are the parents of a son and two daughters and now have eight grandchildren. Mike is a big fan of the Hawkeyes and the New York Yankees and is also an accomplished cook.
Mike Wentzien surrounded by family and friends accepting his Golden Eagle during the ISAC General Session on November 13 in Des Moines.
Mike's nomination for Golden Eagle included the following, "Mike was protective of county government in general as he worked tirelessly to prevent unfunded mandates. He worked hard to be a positive force for the growth of Iowa."
The Iowa State Association of Counties is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are county officials from the 99 counties in Iowa. ISAC's mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa. For further information visit the ISAC website at www.iowacounties.org.