Council Member - Gerd Clabaugh

Gerd Clabaugh was elected to the Johnston City Council in November 2005 and is currently serving his third term. He serves the Council as its’ Mayor Pro Tem. He is the past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Metro Waste Authority, central Iowa’s regional solid waste agency, providing services to 400,000 central Iowans. He currently serves as an ex-officio member of the Johnston Parks Board, and is on the city’s Economic Development Committee.

Gerd was appointed by Governor Branstad in May 2014 as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). He has served in several capacities within IDPH, including Deputy Director, Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Director of Acute Disease Epidemiology and Emergency Response; during the early 1990s, he served the Department as Director of the Center for Health Policy.

Gerd has experience in both state government operations and non-profit organizations. He is the former director of operations at the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) where he worked with Iowa hospitals in promoting infection reduction strategies. As a private consultant, he supported public health agencies in assessing community health needs, program development, planning for public health improvement, and grant writing. He has previously served as chief employee benefits manager for the State of Iowa and on the staff of Governor Terry Branstad.

In the community, Gerd has served as a volunteer for the Johnston Soccer Club and coached for the Johnston Little League. He is a member and formerly served on the Executive Board of First Baptist Church of Johnston. He is active in his neighborhood association.

Gerd has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He is married to Jenelle Clabaugh and they have four children.

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