Downs to run for supervisor
For those folks who know Darrel Downs of Marcus, it's no surprise that he would have an interest in serving the residents of Cherokee County by serving on the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors. Downs moved into Marcus 40 years ago and over the years has participated on several committees.
The creation of good jobs is his main thrust in seeking a supervisor position.
Downs graduated from St. Cecelia's Academy in Algona in 1955 before attending Mankato Commercial School for two years to earn a degree in sales and accounting. Downs was employed by Mormans Feed for 38 years in northwest Iowa before going to work for Sand Seed for 10 years.
Several years ago he served as a Marcus councilman for seven years prior to serving as mayor of Marcus for 10 years now.
It is during these years that he began to get involved with county responsibilities by serving on various county committees such as the 911 Commission, Emergency Management, Conference Committee and Compensation Committee, Facility and Services Committee plus the Land Usage Committee.
There is more background experiences to provide Downs with a background to do the task of serving as a county supervisor. When the county formed a group to set up an economic comprehensive plan, Downs was asked to serve.
"This is really a most important establishment for any town or county," said Downs. "As it becomes a road plan for economic growth and should guide community leaders to help grow a town or county. It certainly has been instrumental for Marcus. With economic growth in mind, Marcus now has three banks, a drug store with a pharmacy, a new medical clinic, a new home development area referred to as Country View Estates, a new lagoon for sewage, Heartland Care Center, Little Sioux Corn Processors, and the beginning of a bio-diesel plant, a truck stop and soon to be motel which will be the first business in a new business park we set up and plus sprucing up the town. We did some remodeling of city hall and support the updating of the community center's handicap entrance plus set up a community sign south of the post office.
"I really have been fortunate to have such hard-working councilmen serving the town," continued Downs. " They have been diligent in working on various committees to keep everything organized and who has responsibility to see things get done. I wouldn't have gotten much done without their efforts."
Downs serves on other planning groups such as helping the county set up their economic plan as it had been so successful for Marcus. Downs serves on the Little Sioux Corn Processors Board and on the Soy Energy Board, the Siouxland Ethanol Board at Jackson, Neb., League of Cities which he diligently attends to share and receive ideas as it really provides good insights on problems most towns deal with. Downs is adamant that it helps with long-range planning and assists in conquering forth-coming problems. Downs is involved with SIMPCO.
"I am a thorough believer in the importance of leadership and I know how to put the right people together to have a good working team. The team has to Teach, Encourage And Motivate. The main reason I am running to be a supervisor is work on job creation. You need to promote and have team work between towns and businesses," said Downs.
Along with that, Downs commented Cherokee is situated in a beautiful setting.
"Cherokee County is a unique and scenic landscape by the Little Sioux River with safe and friendly communities, excellent schools," added Downs.
"Leaders need to be mindful of protecting the natural resources, encourage education, provide recreation, budget as closely as one possibly can to avoid paying higher taxes, be good stewards of the land, stick close to the comprehensive economic plan and above all. provide good leadership. Cherokee has a good rail system and two major gas lines passing through. Those are two tremendous assets for a community to have."
Downs has been presented with various awards over the years such as the Govenor's Volunteer Award in 2003, Main Street Award in 2005 and Marcus Economic Award in 2007.
Downs and his wife, Doris, have three grown children they educated at MMC and then onto Briar Cliff College. Their seven grandchildren are the apples of their eyes. The couple attends Holy Name Catholic Church and supports all community projects.