Polk County Staff News

Effective July 1 2010, Jim Hermes became the head student advisor for the Department of Animal Sciences, in addition to his duties as Extension Poultry Specialist.  We appreciate Jim’s service as Staff Chair in Polk County for the past 5-1/2 years and for helping recently pass a service district for Extension in Polk county.  Jim had the added challenge of having campus-based duties while administering a county from a distance.

Upon Jim’s departure, Derek Godwin has been appointed to assume the role of Staff Chair for Marion and Polk Counties. Derek has served as Staff Chair for Marion County since 2005; Marion and Polk counties share faculty and programming.  In addition to his  administrative duties; Derek will continue to devote .20 FTE to Extension programming related to watershed education.