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Kurt M. Friese

Kurt M. Friese


Term expires:  12/31/2020

Kurt Michael Friese of Iowa City was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2016 and began his first term January 3, 2017.

Kurt has owned Devotay Restaurant & Bar in downtown Iowa City for more than 20 years, and has been a foodservice professional for 40 years. His inauguration day was also his 30th wedding anniversary with Iowa City native Kim McWane (of the McWane Dairy Queen family). Kurt has two adult children, Devon and Taylor, and his awesome dog, Archie.

Kurt is especially interested in working on issues regarding land use, local food, mental health, housing and transportation. Civil governance and better communication between various levels of government are paramount.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Restaurant Association. He is also active with Slow Food USA, Bicyclists of Iowa City, and the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Iowa City.

Kurt Friese is appointed (or assigned) to the following groups for calendar year 2017:

Johnson County Organizations/Committees
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  • City Assessor Conference Board
  • County Assessor Conference Board
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC)
  • Johnson County Empowerment Board and Executive Committee
  • Johnson County/Iowa City Airport Zoning Commission
  • SEATS Paratransit Advisory Committee
  • UNESCO City of Literature Board of Directors – term begins July 1, 2017

In House Committees
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  • County Farm Group
  • Employee Engagement and Events Committee
  • Parking Committee

Liaison to Independent Boards
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  • Conservation Board

Liaison to Small Cities, Counties, & School Districts
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  • City of Shueyville
  • City of University Heights
  • Louisa County
  • Iowa City Community School District

Groups Not Appointed by the Board of Supervisors
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  • Iowa Restaurant Association

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